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Natural Theology and Ecology

Christopher Southgate

in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199556939
Published online June 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199556939.013.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Natural Theology and Ecology

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This chapter discusses the type of natural theology appropriate to the reading of ecosystems, and gives a number of examples of such an approach. It begins by discussing the impact of Darwinism and the possibilities for a natural theology of the biosphere, and then presents the author's own approach to a theological reading the ecological world. The approach involves stressing the integrity of the scientific account, and hence the ambiguity of ecosystems; taking seriously the few scriptural passages that seem to offer clues about the eschatological relationships between God, humans, and the non-human creation; developing a theology of gift; and fusing scientific insights with those of poets and other contemplatives.

Keywords: ecology; natural theology; biosphere; gift; scientific account; God; humans; creation

Article.  8179 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religion and Science ; Sociology of Religion

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