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The End of the World? Christian apocalyptic and responses to climate change

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Darlith Goffa Gethin Abraham-Williams/ Gethin Abraham Williams Memorial Lecture

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“Diwedd y Byd? Apocalyptic Cristnogol ac ymatebion i newid hinsawdd”Parch. Gethin Rhys

“The End of the World? Christian apocalyptic and responses to climate change”Rev Gethin Rhys

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Meddai Gethin, “Mae llawer o bobl yn galw sylwadau pobl megis Greta Thunberg a rhai gwyddonwyr, llenorion ac ymgyrchwyr am newid hinsawdd yn ‘apocalyptaidd’ – ystyrier yr enw ‘Gwrthryfel Difodiant’ er enghraifft. Defnyddir yr un gair i gyfeirio at rannau o’r Beibl, megis rhannau o Lyfr Daniel, Marc pennod 13 neu Llyfr y Datguddiad. Rwy wedi bod yn ystyried beth yw’r berthynas rhwng yr hen lenyddiaeth apocalyptaidd Feiblaidd a’r apocalyptic seciwlar newydd sydd yn codi. Ai arwydd o anobaith yw arddel y syniad o apocalyps, ynteu arwydd o obaith – fel y bwriadai’r awduron Beiblaidd? Dyna fydd maes y ddarlith.”

Fe draddodir y ddarlith yn ddwyieithog, gyda chyfieithu ar y pryd o’r Gymraeg i'r Saesneg, a bydd cyfle i holi cwestiynau ar y diwedd.

Gethin said, “Many people call the comments of people like Greta Thunberg and some scientists, writers and campaigners about climate change 'apocalyptic' - consider the name 'Extinction Rebellion' for example. The same word is used to refer to parts of the Bible, such as sections of the Book of Daniel, Mark chapter 13 or the Book of Revelation. I have been considering the relationship between the old Biblical apocalyptic literature and the emerging secular apocalyptic. Is the idea of ‘apocalypse’ a sign of despair, or a sign of hope - as the Bible writers intended? That’s what I will be exploring in this lecture.”

The lecture will be delivered bilingually, with simultaneous translation from Welsh to English, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

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