Jelle de Boer and Ursula Goodenough —
The Morality of Nature

We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural world. We approach the morality of nature from a non-theological angle, tracing how natural disasters have sometimes fueled religious agendas and movements and how strictly scientific perspectives can both challenge and illuminate religious questions.

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is Harold T. Stearns Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at Wesleyan University and author of Earthquakes in Human History.

is professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of The Sacred Depths of Nature.

Selected Audio

Exclusive Audio of Jelle de Boer

Jelle de Boer explains animistic belief systems and the ecological necessity for natural disasters.

Compilation of Fado Music

Listen to a compilation of Portugese sorrow songs by various artists.

Maps and Graphs

Global Tectonic Activity Map of the Earth

View a schematic map of global plate boundaries and volcanic hotspots.

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On the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, a man points at a crack that developed after a January 24, 2005 earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale.

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