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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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Chapter Three


Ecofeminist Theologies Challenging Dualisms

Because power and control offer a sense of superiority to the ruler, both women and nature are dominated. In analyzing domination and its various forms, all share certain features: 1. A radical exclusion, making the ‘other’ known as both inferior and separate. For instance, women possess an inferior nature, and nature is ontologically other. 2. Homogenization, differences and diversity within the otherness is disregarded and domination appears as natural. 3. Women and nature act as backgrounds to the main, masculine activities, and slaves exist as background to the dominant group. 4. In addition, incorporation means to identify the other in relation to the man as central, and 5. Instrumentalism means that social worth is derived instrumentally according to the desires of the ruler. This substructure provides an analytical tool.

Domination is rooted in a common ideology based on the control of reason over nature, and on the separation of the spiritual world from the material world based on the separation of our beings into soul and body. Ecofeminists see domination as a core phenomenon and the ideological/material root of the woman/nature nexus.285 The origins of domination are buried in both an enigmatic past and within the depths of human consciousness. The theoretical work though, brings to consciousness the past as basic to knowing the present. However regardless of its origins, patriarchy’s era and relevance must end.286 To re-consider human persons as ecological persons is to rethink the dualistic philosophy on...

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