ABSTRACT

A significant reason for carrying on the dialogue between theology and the natural sciences is that it offers a coherent and responsible religious basis for ecological ethics. Robert John Russell, along with Ian Barbour, Holmes Rolston, Ted Peters, and others working in the religion and science field, has seen the importance of both a theology that is firmly planted in the world described by the natural sciences and an ecological ethic that can be supported by this type of theology. Robert Russell's proposal for non-interventionist objective divine action through quantum events can help provide a basis for a theological approach to ecological ethics. The theme of non-interventionist objective divine action is based on a working typology that the Vatican Observatory/Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences conferences and publications have utilized since 1991. Robert Russell proposes that a trinitarian doctrine of God is the most suitable theological context for his thesis regarding divine action and quantum mechanics.