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By Peter Scott

Providing a Christian reaction to ecological situation, this booklet argues that our present-day ecological difficulties are as a result displacement of the triune God and the next separation of humanity from nature. Peter Scott contends that this case might be decisively addressed simply inside of theology. Drawing insights from ecology, ecofeminism, and social and socialist ecologies, he proposes a standard realm of God, nature and humanity. either Trinitarian and political, this universal realm bargains a theological intent for an ecological democracy, based at the ecological renewal secured through Christ's resurrection.

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Creation, nature I have already advertised my commitment to the basic shape of Christian doctrine throughout this argument. In connection with the doctrine of creation, this involves a commitment to two rules of theological thinking. First, that creation is the free, unconstrained act of God. Creation is to be understood not as necessary but as contingent: traditionally, this rule has 48. Consider, for example, the work of process theologians such as John B. Cobb, Is it Too Late? A Theology of Ecology (Beverly Hills, CA: Bruce, 1972); David Griffin, God and Religion in the Postmodern World (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989); Jay B.

63. Peter C. Hodgson, Winds of the Spirit: A Constructive Christian Theology (London: SCM Press, 1994), p. 43. 65 The theological task is thereby the development of appropriate symbols, consonant with the dominant view of reality in the natural sciences, towards the acknowledgement of the ‘organic’ reality of nature. Such a concentration on symbols is, I believe, a difficulty: theological attention is devoted to a new future yet how this future comes to us and how it might already be present is less clear.

The issue is practical: without such a justification, history must bear its own burden. Hence the constant modern stress on the improvement of humanity’s environment, the emphasis on progress and the constantly receding Siren of the ‘good life’ and the ‘American dream’. Here we encounter the conditions in present human society of the ‘limitless’ exploitation and degradation of the environment. We are confronted by a central problem of modernity: human freedom, qua freedom, cannot be dependent on any conditions.

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