Spirituality and surviving the end of the world


Twenty-five years ago this month, the Rwandan genocide began. Genocide survivor Eloge Butera was dealing with deep psychological trauma when he came to Canada several years after the atrocities. Not long after arriving in Winnipeg, Butera encountered a group of people specially equipped to help him learn to cope: elderly survivors of the Holocaust. Butera joins Mary Hynes to talk about his friendship with the Holocaust survivors, his eventual conversion to Judaism and his journey to find renewed meaning in life. Philip Clayton says a spiritual worldview -- which links humanity intrinsically to nature -- is needed before we can ever hope to create sustainable societies. Clayton says the lack of such a worldview explains why we know so much about the dangers of climate change, but are seemingly unable to do anything about it. Clayton teaches at the Claremont School of Theology in California and specializes in the link between science, philosophy and religion.

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