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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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Christological Perichoresis Builds an Ecofeminist Worldview

In this chapter, I discuss how Christological perichoresis could help us build an ecofeminist Christological worldview. I will discuss what ecofeminist theology can offer to traditional theologies from the perspectives of women and the earth, bringing insights from the new sciences. In the last section of this chapter, I will explain in detail how Christological perichoresis extends, surpasses, and challenges existing ecofeminist theologies, referring back to the theologians identified as my partners in dialogue.

New Anthropologies, New Cosmologies

Humanity’s ‘turn from the earth’ occurred in stages and eventually leading to the current eco-crisis.685 If the Christian church responds to the challenge of the ecological crisis, it must reaffirm the meaning of the relationship of God, of humanity and of creation,686 and reverse the logic and actions that have resulted in our present techno-scientific culture. This task includes the awakening to the illusionary world of our own invention and beginning our regeneration as the main conceptual paradigm of our consciousness and the reality we give to it that decides what for us is, or is not real. Interrelatedness uncovers the dualism of soul and body creating a theological anthropology as the reality of all. As a human cosmic condition beyond consciousness and a religious experience giving up anthropocentrism, it knows the cosmos as our wider reality. Cosmic differentiation appears because of multiform relatedness; any being is a unique cosmic manifestation. Ecofeminists question the autonomy of the...

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