Making God Laugh
Human Arrogance and Ecological Humility
by Anne Primavesi
Making God Laugh examines the fundamentalist claim that we can know what God knows and that we can, therefore, speak with divine authority about God’s plans for us and for the world. Such arrogance must surely make God laugh! But its effects are no laughing matter. Christians have long understood themselves to be at the center of the universe, an understanding which has legitimized the exploitation of the earth’s natural resources. That exploitation has now reached alarming proportions. Anne Primvesi argues that the time has come to replace human arrogance with ecological humility and a scientific understanding of ourselves as interdependent members of the whole community of life on earth.
Anne Primavesi is a systematic theologian focusing on ecological issues, and a Fellow of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of several books including Cultivating Unity in the Biodiversity of God (2011), Sacred Gaia (2000), Gaia’s Gift(2003), and Making God Laugh (2004), as well as dozens of articles in books and scholarly journals. Dr. Primavesi has lectured widely in the British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, North America and South America.