Baylor Professor Lectures on Biblical Wisdom for Today's Environment at Conference in Beijing, China

June 12, 2009

by Nincy Mathew, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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Dr. Susan Bratton, professor and chair of the environmental sciences department at Baylor University, will deliver the keynote presentation on environmental ethics at a four-day conference in Beijing, China, June 16-19.

On June 18, Bratton will present her study on the book of Proverbs and its application to the precautionary principle, the moral responsibility to protect the environment from harm.

The Science, Philosophy and Belief conference is open to professors and students worldwide and is the culminating conference of a three-year program for Chinese scholars. Events during the week include intensive seminars as well as a chance to travel through China and visit historic monuments. There are 150 registrants attending and evening keynote sessions are open to the public.

Bratton also is joined by other keynote speakers such as William Phillips, Nobel laureate Gerald Gabrielse, chair of the physics department at Harvard, and Alvin Plantinga, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. It also will include presentations from both Chinese and Western scholars.

Bratton specializes in environmental ethics, forest ecology, and management of parks and natural areas. She earned her doctorate in plant ecology at Cornell University. She also has published several books including Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics, and Christianity Wilderness and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire.

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