David C. McDuffie
David C. McDuffie is a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where his primary teaching schedule includes courses in World Religions, Religion in America, Christian History, Religion and Environment, and Religion and Politics. Broadly, his research and teaching interests involve the subject area of Religion and Culture, which includes but is not limited to the relationships between religion and politics, science, and health care. Most of his research revolves around the interdisciplinary conversations between religion and the natural sciences and the ways in which these conversations contribute to ecological conservation and public health. The following question orients McDuffie's work: In a time of widespread ecological degradation, what is the potential for religion or the religious to offer a significant contribution toward the attainment of sustainable human cultures, which includes a commitment to the valuation and protection of human and non-human life? He explores this question with reference to conceptions of the natural environment from established religious traditions (with a particular emphasis on Christian tradition) as well as through an examination of whether concern and care for life on Earth can be understood as a form of religious expression.
McDuffie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and MA degrees in Religion and Philosophy from the University of Georgia. He also earned graduate certificates in Environmental Ethics (University of Georgia) and Global Health (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). He studied and completed Doctoral exams in the graduate program in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing his Doctorate at The School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. He has previously taught at the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a faculty member of the Environment and Sustainability Program Advisory Council (https://ges.uncg.edu/people/advisory-council/) in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability (GES) at UNC-Greensboro and a Fellow at the Center for Religion and Environment (http://www.sewanee.edu/resources/cre/) at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Ministry Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
Further information can be found on his faculty page for the Religious Studies Department at UNC-G at the following link: https://rel.uncg.edu/faculty/mcduffie/
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