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Hope for the Suffering Ecosystems of Our Planet

The Contextualization of Christological Perichoresis for the Ecological Crisis

Iohanna Sahinidou

The author reclaims the patristic Christological use of perichoresis by showing how in bringing together different entities, such as God and Nature in unity as the one person of Christ, we can acknowledge the perichoresis between divine human and nature. Christological perichoresis supports the idea that the whole creation is included in God’s recreated cosmos, in response to the redeeming power of Christ who entered the web of life as a creature. Trinitarian relationships bear a Christological message for intentional openness towards the «other». Thus ecofeminism can be considered from a Christian view, realizing Christ’s «cosmic» role in the salvation of the entire cosmos.
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The Eco-crisis of our Era: Discussed from an Ecofeminist Perspective

Introduction

In the previous chapter, I addressed the ecological problem of our times as a social, ethical and spiritual problem. I also addressed the eco-social problems of my own bioregion, my mega city Athens. This chapter is an introduction to feminist, ecological and ecofeminist theologies and their perspectives. There is a renewed interest in creation as a biblical theology arising partly in reaction to approaches adopted by scholars such as von Rad. According to him, the doctrine of creation was peripheral to the OT and secondary to redemption. The ecological movement provided a basis on which ecotheologians grounded their work.

Scholars searching for the origins of the eco-crisis blame the classical Greek roots of dualism and others blame Enlightenment ideas for a theology which becomes anthropology, disconnected from creation and the Creator.145 Environmental historians point to the new science and technology, to the growth of industrial production, and a global market in natural resources as causative elements in the crisis. Others blamed the Renaissance affirmation of ‘man’ as the measure of all; the loss of respect for the creator of the providentially ordered creation; the rise of western individualism and materialism.146 According to historian Lynn White Jr., Christianity, mainly western, is the most anthropocentric religion. He grounds his case rather uncritically, in the Genesis text where for him no item in the creation had any purpose but to serve man’s purposes. The...

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