The Symphony of God, Humanity, and the Universe
By giving special attention to the integral relationship among God, the cosmos, and humanity, the works of Thomas Berry (1914–2009, USA) and Zhou Dunyi (1017–1073, China) provide insights that speak to the current ecological crisis, a cosmological context for developing an Ecozoic spirituality, while helping to advance clear values and ethical parameters that lead to a more authentic human presence on Earth.
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The purpose of this book has been to tease out a functional and ecological spirituality that I have termed an Ecozoic spirituality. Since the ecological crisis is deeply rooted in a mechanistic and reductionistic worldview and a spirituality of alienation from the Earth, I presented an Ecozoic spirituality developed through a critical appropriation of the cosmologies of Berry and Zhou. By giving special attention to the integral relationship among God, the cosmos and humanity, the works of Berry and Zhou provided insights that speak to the current ecological crisis, a cosmological context for developing an Ecozoic spirituality, while helping to advance clear values and ethical parameters that lead to a more authentic human presence on the Earth community. Thus, this book has employed insights and ethical reflections from these two cosmologies as resources for the development of an Ecozoic spirituality integral to the functioning of the Earth and for cultivating ecological sensitivity.
In order to address the need for an Ecozoic spirituality, I examined the current ecological crisis with a focus on the devastation to the functioning of the Earth community in its biological and geological aspects. While the causes of the crisis are many and complex, I concentrated on how certain spiritualities have contributed to the current ecological crisis by fostering an ← 145 | 146 → alienation from the Earth through an over-emphasis on redemption and an alliance with a mechanistic, utilitarian worldview and an extractive economy. Subsequently, I reviewed Christian responses to the ecological crisis, and in particular...
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