As students head back to class for the fall quarter, we asked several faculty members to offer a sneak peek into their courses. Below, Mark Potosnak, associate professor in the College of Science and Health, discusses his new course on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The 180-page encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” generated much interest among Catholics and non-Catholics alike when it was released in June.
What were the main themes of the encyclical?
The encyclical on the environment boils down to a few simple messages. First, the science is settled: the Earth is warming, and humans almost certainly are responsible for climate change. Next, the encyclical explains…
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