By Peter Scott
Supplying a Christian reaction to ecological difficulty, this booklet argues that our present-day ecological difficulties are end result of the displacement of the triune God and the following separation of humanity from nature. Peter Scott contends that this example might be decisively addressed purely inside theology. Drawing insights from ecology, ecofeminism, and social and socialist ecologies, he proposes a standard realm of God, nature and humanity. either Trinitarian and political, this universal realm deals a theological intent for an ecological democracy, based at the ecological renewal secured through Christ's resurrection.
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Gunton, The One, the Three and the Many (Cambridge University Press, 1993); Gregorios, The Human Presence; Santmire, The Travail of Nature; Nash, Loving Nature. In his stress on the ambiguity of modernity and his attempt to construct an ontology of communion of humanity and nature, Hall’s Imaging God ﬁts partly in this category. 19 20 God, nature and modernity is extended – reductionistically – to specify the context of theology. 48 I am more sympathetic to those theologies which address the politics of nature.
Differences between these two strategies can be detected. The ﬁrst strategy of personalism – discontinuity between humanity and nature – has the form either of the mere acknowledgement of natural conditions of life (nature as the stage of the human drama in the theatrum mundi) or 3. C. S Lewis, Studies in Words (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn 1967), pp. 34–5. Lewis traces the meanings of the word ‘nature’ with reference to the Latin, natura, the Greek phusis and the Anglo-Saxon, kind. 4. Plumwood, Feminism and the Mastery of Nature, pp.
From natural theology to philosophical theology At this point it will be objected that the common realm of God, nature and humanity is an exercise in neat natural theology and as such has no place in the theology of nature. Here we need to make some careful distinctions. 17 A form of natural theology that is worth defending takes its cue from core theological interpretations of the nature of God and the world. It is dedicated to that centrally important task of theology: the criticism of idolatry.