Mark Wallace, author of “When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism and the Re-Enchantment of the World,” presents an hour-long webinar on the interface of Christianity and animism. Buried deep within the Christian tradition are startling portrayals of God as the beaked and feathered Holy Spirit – the “animal God,” as it were. Weaving together scripture, theology, philosophy, and personal stories of sacred nature, Wallace will present a model of God in Christianity as a creaturely, avian being who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human and more-than-human alike.
Mark Wallace is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Swarthmore College. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersections between religious thought, critical theory, Indigenous studies, and post-colonialism. His book, When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enactment of the World, was published in 2019 and awarded the Nautilus Gold Award for best book in western religious thought. He’s also author of Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future (Fortress, 2010), Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005), and Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation (Continuum, 1996; Trinity, 2002)