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Beyond Heat: Energy for Life

Clayton Crockett

in Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823238958
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823238996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.003.0005
Beyond Heat: Energy for Life

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This chapter examines the material basis for life in terms of energy conversion. The exploitation of cheap energy reserves in terms of fossil fuels created industrial civilization, but we are running out of cheap oil and entering into an energy crisis, as well as heating the planet due to global warming. Alternatives cannot simply replace oil; we need new forms of energy conversion and transformation. The chapter suggests a way to think about nuclear energy in non-thermal terms. Furthermore, using Gilles Deleuze's thought, it offers some reflections for a theological materialism based on energy transformation.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; energy crisis; oil; global warming; theological materialism; nuclear energy

Chapter.  4625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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