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“Go Big or Go Home”: A Critique of the Western Concept of Energy/Power and a Theological Alternative

Oz Lorentzen

in Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823238958
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823238996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.003.0010
“Go Big or Go Home”: A Critique of the Western Concept of Energy/Power and a Theological Alternative

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Drawing from Alain Badiou and Thomas Berry, this chapter critiques the materialistic worldview of the West, and its attendant concept of energy and dependency upon “cheap” energy. An alternative approach is offered through a “personalist” approach to reality and energy. Personalism is based on theological reflections of the incarnational nature of God and the Sabbath, and leads to a new set of values for culture and energy, which can be summarized as a priority of being over doing. From these values, with St. Paul's “rule-less rule” as a guide, a formal contour is given for the development of energy in a personalist model.

Keywords: energy; materialism; personalism; Alain Badiou; St. Paul; incarnational theology; Thomas Berry; Sabbath

Chapter.  4619 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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