Landscapes of Desire / Biodiversity and the Holy Trinity

Belden C. Lane

in Ravished by Beauty

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755080
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894956 | DOI:
Landscapes of Desire / Biodiversity and the Holy Trinity

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This chapter presents illustrations of ecological thinking that follow the pattern of food webs in nature itself—interrelating everything, feeding waste and excess back into the health of the larger system. They model the dance, the perichoresis, of the Holy Trinity. If we survive as a family of species in this biosphere, the patterns of ecological behavior—the house rules by which we live together in the oikos (the home) of this world—will have to imitate the exchange of love and reciprocity that characterizes God's own innermost being. This is what the Holy Trinity can teach us best.

Keywords: Holy Trinity; ecological thinking; food webs; oikos; reciprocity; love

Chapter.  4153 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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