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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

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> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

Articles by Peter M. Scott

  • ‘Does nature pluralize? Towards a greater society’, Political Theology (forthcoming, 2015).
  • ‘Red Toryism and the case of the lost revolution’, Political Theology 13:3 (2012), 308-329.
  • ‘Thinking like an Animal: Theological Materialism for a Changing Climate’, Studies in Christian Ethics 24:1 (2011), 50-66.
  • ‘The future as God’s amnesty? A public theology for a changing climate’, International Journal of Public Theology, special issue on climate change 4:3 (2010), 314-331.
  • ‘The city’s grace? Recycling the urban ecology’, International Journal of Public Theology 2 : 1 (2008), 119-135.
  • ‘After consumerism? Materialist theory and idealist practice in the theological critique of consumer society’, Bulletin ET 17: 1 (2006), 54-68.
  • ‘Anarchy in the UK? GM crops, political authority and the rioting of God’, Ecotheology 11.1 (2006), 32-56.
  • ‘We have never been gods: transcendence, contingency and the affirmation of hybridity’, Ecotheology 9.2 (2004), 199-220.
  • ‘Trinitarian theology and the politics of nature’, Ecotheology 9.1 (2004), 29-49.
  • ‘“Global Capitalism” v. “End of Socialism”: Crux Theologica? Engaging Liberation Theology and Theological Postliberalism,’ Political Theology No. 4 (May 2001), 36-54.
  • ‘Christ, Nature, Sociality: Dietrich Bonhoeffer for an Ecological Age’, Scottish Journal of Theology,  53 : 4 (2000), 413-430.
  • ‘The Technological Factor: Redemption, Nature and the Image of God’, Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science 35 : 2 (June 2000), 371-384.
  • ‘Imaging God: Creatureliness and Technology’, New Blackfriars 79 : 928 (1998), 260-274.
  • ‘Types of Ecotheology’, Ecotheology, 4 (1998), 8-19.
  • ‘Blessing and curse: “the natural” as a theological concept’, Modern Believing 38 : 4 (1997), 16-23.
  • ‘Election Blues’, Reviews in Religion and Theology 3 (1997), 19-27.
  • 'Beyond Stewardship? Dietrich Bonhoeffer on nature’, Journal of Beliefs and Values 18:2 (1997), 193-202.
  • ‘Nature in a “world come of age”’, New Blackfriars 78: 919 (1997), 356-68.
  • ‘Ecology: religious or secular?’, The Heythrop Journal 38:1 (1997), 1-14.
  • ‘Prophetic expectation’, Theology vol. XCIX, no. 787 (Jan.-Feb. 1996), 34-45.
  • ‘The resurrection of nature? Problems in the theology of nature’, Theology in Green 4 : 2 (1994), 23-35.
  • ‘Theology after Gorbachev?’, Theology vol. XCVI, No 770 (March/April 1993), 117-27.
  • ‘Gutierrez’s theological concept of liberation. A Marxist criticism’, Collegium, vol. 1 no. 2 (1992), 49-63.


Book chapters 

  • 'Technology in a postnatural condition? Concepts of nature and meanings of rechnology', in C. Deane-Drummond et. al. (eds), Technofutures (Ashgate, 2015).
  • 'The re-homing of the Human? A theological enquiry into whether human beings are at home on earth', on E. Conradie (et. al), Christian Faith and the Earth (forthcoming Bloomsbury, 2014).
  • ‘Karl Marx’, in G. D. Costa et. al. (eds), Theology and Philosophy (London, Continuum/T & T Clark, 2012), pp. 143-155.
  • ‘Right out of time? Politics and Nature in a Postnatural Condition’, in C. Deane-Drummond & H. Bedford-Strohm (eds), Religion, Ecology and the Public Sphere (Continuum, forthcoming 2010).
  • ‘Introduction to “Kingdom Come”’, in W. T. Cavanaugh et al. (eds), Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology (Eerdmans, forthcoming 2010).
  • ‘Which nature? Whose justice? Shifting meanings of nature in recent ecotheology’, in Peter Clarke and Tony Claydon (eds.), God’s Bounty: The Church and the Natural World (Boydell and Brewer, 2010), 430-456. ISBN: 9780954680961. In press.
  • ‘Are we there yet? Coming to the end of the line—A postnatural enquiry’’, in S. Skrimshire (ed.), Future Ethics: Climate Change, Political Action and Apocalyptic Imagination (Continuum, forthcoming 2010).
  • ‘Slouching towards Jerusalem? An anti-human theology of rough beasts and other animals’, in C. Deane Drummond and D. Clough (eds), Creaturely Theology (SCM, 2009), 171-189.
  • ‘The Human Genome: theological perspectives’, in M. Bratton (ed.), God, Ethics and the Human Genome [Church of England Human Genome Working Party Report], commissioned by the General Synod of the Church of England (Church House Publishing, 2009), 66-80.
  • C. R. Baker, E. L. Graham & P. M. Scott, ‘When remoralising fails?’, in P. M. Scott et. al. (eds), Remoralizing Britain? (Continuum, 2009), 223-245.
  • ‘The postnatural as anti-human? Resurrection, natality and the organization of creatureliness’, in Elaine Graham (ed.), Grace Jantzen: Redeeming the Present (Ashgate, 2009), 213-25.
  • ‘Politics and the new visibility of theology’, in Graham Ward and Michael Hoelzl (eds), The new visibility of religion: studies in cultural hermeneutics (Continuum, 2008), 231-249.
  • ‘The End of Nature and the Last Human? Thinking Theologically about “Nature” in a Postnatural Condition,’ in David Albertson and Cabell King, (eds), Without Nature (Fordham U P, 2009), 197-206.
  • ‘Postnatural Humanity? Bonhoeffer, Creaturely Freedom and the Mystery of Reconciliation in Creation’ in Kirsten Busch Nielsen (ed.), Mystery in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Theories of Cognition, Culture and Religion (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007), 111-134.
  • ‘Seasons of Grace? Christ’s cursing of a fig tree’, in Andrew Lincoln and Angus Paddison (eds), Christ and Scripture (London: Continuum, T & T Clark, (2006), 188-206.
  • ‘Creation,’ in P. Scott & W. Cavanaugh (eds), Blackwell Companion to Political Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 333-347.
  • ‘A Eucharistic Theology of Place: Pilgrimage as Sacramental,’ in C. Bartholomew and F. Hughes (eds), Explorations in a Christian Theology of Pilgrimage (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), 151-69.
  • ‘Is the goodness of God good enough? The Human Genome Project in Political and Theological Perspective’ in Celia Deane-Drummond (ed.), Brave New World: Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2003), 294-318.
  • ‘Nature, Technology and the Rule of God: against the Disordering of Nature,’ in C. Deane-Drummond and B. Szerszynski (eds), Re-ordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2003), 275-292.
  • ‘Nature to Order—but whose Order and which Nature? A Response to Michael Northcott, in C. Deane-Drummond and B. Szerszynski (eds), Re-ordering Nature (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2003), 107-14.
  • ‘”Return to the vomit of ‘legitimation’”? Scriptural Interpretation and the Authority of the Poor,’ in Craig Bartholomew, Jonathan Chaplin, Robert Song and Al Wolters (eds), A Royal Priesthood: The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically (Paternoster and Zondervan, 2002), 344-73.
  • ‘The Future of Creation: Ecology and Eschatology,’ in David Fergusson and Marcel Sarot (eds), The Future as God’s Gift (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000), 89-114.