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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 Seven

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Conclusions for an Ecofeminist, Perichoretic Praxis892 in Athens

Contextualization as Christological Perichoresis

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While reading the Bible, many questions emerged for me: ‘Are women created in the image of God or only men?’ ‘Will only humans, be recreated?’ ‘Will the non-human beings and the earth be recreated?’ ‘Are human beings the rulers of the cosmos?’ I was enriched by reading the works of feminist and ecofeminist theologians who had similar questions and were seeking answers. I agree with their idea that the logic of those who exercise power that exploits the people is the same as the logic that exploits the earth. The logic of human beings perceiving themselves as the apex of creation and the earth and its beings as ‘objects’ to use for their own well-being, destroyed their sense of connectedness with the earth and creation. Ecofeminist theologians searching for the roots of the ecological crisis know the problem of dualisms as one of distorted relationships; they seek a theology beyond dualisms.

The second chapter of my thesis is an introduction to feminist, ecological and ecofeminist theologies and their perspectives. To reread the biblical texts and their exegeses that seem problematic, we must first discuss the language of the texts and the language with which we ourselves communicate with God, other human beings, and the rest of the cosmos. We also need to consider the contexts within which the texts...

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