Jacob J Erickson, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Ireland

Ecotheologian in Residence, Mercy Seat Lutheran Church; Minneapolis, MN

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “Theophanic Materiality: Political Ecology, Inhuman Touch, and the Art of Andy Goldsworthy” forthcoming in Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, Materiality ed., Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein. Fordham University Press, 2016.

·       “Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation” forthcoming in a special edition of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Science, Nature and Culture. Fall 2015.

·       “The Martyrdom of Cecil the Lion” Religion Dispatches. July 29, 2015.


·       “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology” Religion Dispatches. June 19, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/falling-in-love-with-the-earth-francis-faithful-ecology/ (Also forthcoming in a book of responses to Pope Francis’ Encyclical with Process Century Press, edited by John Cobb).

·       “Elephant Orphans and Ecological Spiritualities: An Earth Day Reflection” Religion Dispatches. April 22, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/elephant-orphans-and-ecological-spiritualities/

·       “The Apophatic Animal: Toward a Negative Zootheological Imago Dei” in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology. Ed., Stephen Moore. Fordham University Press, 2015.


Workshops, Lectures, Topics

Divinity in the Anthropocene, God and Global Warming

Created in the Image of God, Humans and Animals

The Creativity of Environmental Justice

A Green Bible?

Laudato si’: Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Earth

C.V. available upon request


Quote by Speaker:

“I’ve come to believe that our climate crises are crises of planetary intimacy.  I don’t mean that we’ve lost a romantic relationship with nature that we need to recover…What I do mean is that everything of our contemporary crises also occurs in the intimate, and risky relations of everyday life. Learning to address that intimate enfolding of life and creatureliness is one of our best hopes. Learning how to love the earth, how to build homes together in precarious climates, how to reconsider daily lives, how to daily protest structural economic systems, how to consider our animal interactions—all that is what creating a planetary resilience is about.”   Jacob Erickson, from “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology”