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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 Five

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Christological Perichoresis

Links between Trinitarian and Christological Perichoresis

A Christian (and a Christian theology) stands or falls with Christology… There is no way for Christians to avoid Jesus.533

This section is an introduction to Christological perichoresis, which in my view becomes the revelation of trinitarian perichoresis for the whole of creation. The problem of dualisms with which feminists try to cope with can be known as a problem between humans and God that results in distorted relationships within our own selves, among humans and between humans, and with the rest of creation. I addressed the eco-social problem as a split within our own being of body/mind/soul. The inferiority of women is linked to that of body when compared to soul, and to that of nature as being an object while humans are subjects. The idea of life as Christological perichoresis can be a starting point for all dualistic relationships, yet not as mirrored in trinitarian perichoresis. Christological perichoresis can name an ecological doctrine of creation.534 In and through Christ, the trinity is revealed among us.535 The starting point in the economy of salvation locates perichoresis in the mystery of the communion of divine and human persons. One perichoresis includes God and humanity,536 and God and creation. Ontology tied to this economy keeps the distinctiveness of persons, rooted in Christ’s person.537 The trinitarian perichoresis is realized in the co-inherence in Christ of the human and divine natures as archetypes of all relations...

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