About the Disaster, Divine Providence, and Human Agency: Christian Responses to Catastrophe course
Christians struggle to make sense of catastrophic events. Is devastation God’s will or human responsibility?
This course considers Christian responses to cataclysmic upheaval in the light of natural sciences and theology.
About the course leader
Roger Abbott is Senior Research Associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, focusing on natural hazard related disasters. He has worked on projects in Haiti, New Orleans, the Philippines, and in Somerset, where he has explored the influence of Christians’ faith beliefs on survivors’ response and recovery, and their relationships with God, their community, and the natural environment.
Since 2020, he has been conducting a project about the impacts of fear, anger, trust and hope on Christians during the pandemic. Following over thirty years of pastoral experience, Roger gained his Ph.D. in a practical theology of disaster response, from the University of Wales, Trinity & St. David. He has taught on the pastoral response to trauma, run a consultancy on pastoral care of trauma, and been an active responder to traumatic incidents in the UK since 1989. He has authored/co-authored three books and several journal articles on disasters.