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The Hope of the Earth: A Process Ecoeschatology for South Korea

Seung Gap Lee

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0020

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

The Hope of the Earth: A Process Ecoeschatology for South               Korea

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This chapter argues that in a process-eschatological spirituality, Korean Christianity is challenged to turn its emphasis to the earth as its true home. As Keller warns, interest in another life must not steal its energy from this life. This warning is applicable for the South Korean churches and believers who are responsible for the ecological crisis, because in their practice of eschatological faith as an escapist utopianism “distraction from the earth complies with the destruction of the earth.” The believers in the South Korean churches must depart from their hope for returning to a home that is supposedly prepared by God, not here and in this world, but in another world beyond. Rather, the earth, facing the threat of total destruction by a multidimensional ecological crisis, is our home. Accordingly, the eschatological ecoethical spirituality that the South Korean churches should restore includes a determination for turning back to home, to the earth.

Keywords: ecological theology; South Korea; ecoeschatology; Christianity; earth

Chapter.  7579 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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