David C. McDuffie

David C. McDuffie

Senior Lecturer
dcmcduff@uncg.edu

DMin, Sewanee:  The University of the South
MA Religion, MA Philosophy, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics, AB Political Science, The University of Georgia
Graduate Certificate in Global Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Academic Interest

  • The Relationship between Religion and Science
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Religion and Public Health
  • Religion in America
  • Christian Thought
  • Environmental Studies
  • Philosophy of Religion

Personal Statement and Background

My primary teaching schedule includes courses in World Religions, Religion in America, Christian History, Religion and Environment, and Religion and Politics.  Broadly, my research and teaching interests involve the subject area of Religion and Culture, which includes but is not limited to the relationships between religion and politics, science, and health care. Most of my research revolves around the interdisciplinary conversations between religion and the natural sciences and the ways in which these conversations contribute to ecological conservation and public health.  The following question orients my work:  In a time of widespread ecological degradation, what is the potential for religion or the religious to offer a significant contribution toward the attainment of sustainable human cultures, which includes a commitment to the valuation and protection of human and non-human life?   I explore this question with reference to conceptions of the natural environment from established religious traditions (with a particular emphasis on Christian tradition) as well as through an examination of whether concern and care for life on Earth can be understood as a form of religious expression.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and MA degrees in Religion and Philosophy from the University of Georgia.  I have also earned graduate certificates in Environmental Ethics (University of Georgia) and Global Health (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).  I studied and completed Doctoral exams in the graduate program in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing my Doctorate at The School of Theology at Sewanee:  The University of the South.  I have previously taught at the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I am also a faculty member of the Environment and Sustainability Program Advisory Council (https://ges.uncg.edu/people/advisory-council/) in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability (GES) at UNC-Greensboro and a Fellow at the Center for Religion and Environment (http://www.sewanee.edu/resources/cre/) at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught at UNCG

  • REL 101:  Introduction to Religious Studies
  • REL 101:  Introduction to Religious Studies (Online)
  • REL 109:  Religion and Contemporary Culture (Religion and Politics)
  • REL 109:  Religion and Contemporary Culture (Religion and Politics) (Online)
  • REL 109:  Religion and Contemporary Culture (Religion and Science)
  • REL 210:  Christianity to the Reformation
  • REL 210:  Christianity to the Reformation (Online)
  • REL 212:  Christianity from the Reformation to the Present
  • REL 225:  An Introduction to Islam
  • REL 231:  Religion in America
  • REL 231:  Religion in America (Online)
  • REL 250:  Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth
  • REL 250:  Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth (Online)
  • ENV 100:  Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV 100:  Introduction to Environmental Studies (Online)
  • ENV 110:  Introduction to Sustainability Studies
  • FMS (Freshman Seminar) 142:  Religion and Nature in an Age of Ecology
  • RCO (Residential College) 213:  Religious Narratives of Origin
  • RCO 203:  Religion and Science in Contemporary Culture

Links to Selected Writings

Beyond Rights: COVID-19, Conservatives and the Responsibilities of American Christianity. Religion and Global Society (April 29, 2020). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionglobalsociety/2020/04/beyond-rights-covid-19-conservatives-and-the-responsibilities-of-american-christianity/

Sacred Immunity: Religion, Vaccines, and the Protection of Public Health in AmericaJ Public Health (Berl.) (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-020-01254-7

The Epic of Evolution and a Theology of Sacramental Ecology. Religions 201910(4),  244. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040244.

Distinct but Inseparable:  Process Philosophy and the Attribution of Individual Value in a Holistic Environmental Ethic

Process Theism, Environmental Ethics, and a Christian Theology of Ecology