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Dr. Forrest J. Clingerman

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Department of Religion & Philosophy
Burgett Pavilion 127
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
(419) 772-3090

A.B. (Religion) Augustana College

M.Div., Boston University

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Teaching Interests: 
  • Environmental theology and ethics
  • Theology and culture
  • The relationship between faith, ethics and reason
  • History of Christian thought
Research Interests: 
  • 19th and 20th century philosophical theology
  • Theology, hermeneutics and nature
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Theology, ethics, and climate change
  • Religion and the arts
Selected Publications: 


Forrest Clingerman and Kevin J. O’Brien, editors. Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering: Calming the Storm. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Forrest Clingerman and Reid Locklin, editors. Teaching Civic Engagement. AAR Teaching Religion series. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Forrest Clingerman, Martin Drenthen, Brian Treanor, and David Utsler, editors. Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics. Fordham University Press, 2013.

Forrest Clingerman and Mark Dixon, editors. Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

Journal Articles

“Place and the Hermeneutics of the Anthropocene.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (2016).

“Theologies of the Climate.” Religious Studies Review 42, no. 2 (June 2016): 68-73.

With Kevin J. O’Brien. “Teaching Upper-Level Introductory Religion and Theology Classes.” Teaching Theology and Religion 18, no. 4 (October 2015): 326-42.

“Theologians as Interpreters—Not Prophets—In a Changing Climate.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83, no. 2 (June 2015): 336-55.

“Geoengineering, Theology, and the Meaning of Being Human.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 49, no. 1 (March 2014): 6-21.  Reprinted in Climate and Cultures, Volume 5: Cultural Readings of Future Climate, edited by Mike Hulme (New York, Sage, 2015).

“Pedagogy as a Field Guide to the Ecology of the Classroom.” Teaching Theology and Religion 17, no. 3 (July 2014): 217-220.

With Kevin J. O’Brien. “Playing God: why religion belongs in the climate engineering debate.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 70, no. 3 (May/June 2014): 27-37.  Reprinted in Forrest Clingerman and Kevin J. O’Brien, editors. Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering: Calming the Storm. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming.

With Verna Marina Ehret. “Hope and Fear: The Theological Side of Framing Environmental Change.” Ethics, Policy and Environment 16, no. 2 (March 2013): 152-5.

“The Ecological Pilgrimage of Self and Community.” Theology 116, no. 1 (January/February 2013): 39-42.

“From Artwork to Place: Finding the Voices of Moreelse, Bacon and Beuys at the Hermeneutical Intersection of Culture and Nature.” Environmental Philosophy 8, no. 1 (2011): 1-24.

“Wilderness as the Place between Philosophy and Theology: Questioning Martin Drenthen on the Otherness of Nature.” Environmental Values 19, no. 2(May 2010): 211-232.

Review Essay: Roger Gottlieb’s A Greener Faith and The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 4, no. 3 (2010): 220-7.

“Walking into the Frame: A Theological Exploration of Pilgrimage along Anton Mauve’s A Dutch Road.” Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory and Culture 23, no. 1 (March 2009): 18-32.

“Reading the Book of Nature: A Hermeneutical Account of Nature for Philosophical Theology.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 13, no 1 (2009): 72-91.

“The Intimate Distance of Herons: Theological Travels Through Nature, Place, and Migration.”  Ethics, Place & Environment: A Journal of Philosophy and Geography 11, no. 3 (October 2008): 313-25.

“Tell Me a Story of Jesus: Teaching as Storytelling and Four Recent Short Histories of Christianity,” Teaching Theology and Religion 11, no. 3 (July 2008): 134-40.

“Beyond the Flowers and the Stones: ‘Emplacement’ and the Modeling of Nature.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 11:2 (Fall-Winter 2004): 17-24.

“Response to Raymond Williams ‘So, What Are We Professing Here? Religion, the Liberal Arts, and Civic Life,’” Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion 29:3 (September 2000).

“On Sculpting Ivory: The Idea of Nature in a Theology of Culture.” Journal of Faith and Science Exchange 4 (2000). 

“Is the Search For God Fact(oid) or Fiction?” Journal of Faith and Science Exchange, 1997, and a winner in graduate student essay contest, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, the Center for Faith and Science Exchange and the Boston Theological Institute. 

Book Chapters

“Time’s Arrow and Narrative of Climate Engineering.” In Forrest Clingerman and Kevin J. O’Brien, editors. Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering: Calming the Storm. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

With Thomas Bruhn, Sarah Fredericks, Laura Hartman, Kevin J. O’Brien, Dane Scott, and Marit Trelstad. “Religion and Climate Engineering: Points of Consensus from Claremont.” Forrest Clingerman and Kevin J. O’Brien, editors. Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering: Calming the Storm. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

With Swasti Bhattacharyya. “Political Involvement, the Advocacy of Process, and the Religion Classroom.” In Teaching Civic Engagement.  Edited by Clingerman and Locklin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Natural or Political Public Space? Spaces of Interpretation, Environmentalism, and the Sacred Depth.” Environment, Space and the Public. Edited by Mark Luccarelli and Sigurd Bergmann. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2015.

“The Place of Narrative and Tradition in the Interpretation of the Text of Nature.” Hermeneutics—Ethics—Education. Edited by Andrezej Wirciński. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2015.

“Redeeming the Climate: Investigating a Theological Model of Geoengineering.” Technofutures: God, Society and Earth Ethics.  Edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Bronislaw Szerszynski. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015.

“Memory, Imagination, and the Hermeneutics of Place.” Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics. Edited by Clingerman, Treanor, Drenthen, and Utsler. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

“Working within the Frame, Breaking Outside the Borders:Intersections in the Theological Experience of Art and Place.” Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change. Studies in Religion and the Environment/Studien zur Religion und Umwelt 7. Edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Irmgard Blindow, and Konrad Ott. Berlin, LIT Verlag: 2013.

“Butterflies Dwell Betwixt and Between:Non-Human Animals, Theology, and Dwelling in Place.” Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives.  Edited by David Clough, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. New York: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2013.

“Imagination and Fallibility: Ian McEwan’s Solar and Framing Climate Change for Theological Reflection.” Theological Reflection and the Integrity of Life: Theology, Human Flourishing and Freedom. Edited by David Jasper and Dale Wright.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.

“Homecoming and the Half-Remembered: Environmental Amnesia, the Uncanny and the Path Home.” Resisting the Place of Belonging: Uncanny Homecomings in Religion, Narrative and the Arts. Edited by Daniel Boscaljon. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013. 

“Between Babel and Pelagius: Religion, Theology and Geoengineering.” Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management. Edited by Christopher Preston. Lanhan, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

“Preface” and “Part 2: Recreating Place, Reconnecting with Others,” in Forrest Clingerman and Mark H. Dixon, editors. Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.

“Environmental Amnesia or the Memory of Place? The Need for Local Ethics of Memory in a Philosophical Theology of Place.” Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere. Edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.  New York: T & T Clark, 2011.

“Interpreting Heaven and Earth: The Theological Construction of Nature, Place, and the Built Environment.” In Nature, Space and the Sacred. Edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Peter Scott, Heinrich Bedford Strohm and Maria Jansdotter. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.

“Seeking the Depth of Nature in a Scientific World.” In Technology, Trust, and Religion: Roles of Religions in Controversies on Ecology and the Modification of Life. Edited by Willem B. Drees. Amsterdam: Leiden University Press, 2009.

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