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A Political Theology of Nature (Cambridge Studies in by Peter Scott

By Peter Scott

Supplying a Christian reaction to ecological obstacle, this booklet argues that our present-day ecological difficulties are as a result displacement of the triune God and the next separation of humanity from nature. Peter Scott contends that this case might be decisively addressed in simple terms 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 motive for an ecological democracy, based at the ecological renewal secured by means of Christ's resurrection.

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The theological construction seems close to a projection in that it is not firmly related to the political– ideological dynamics of our situation. In this book, I am interested in a political theology of nature rather than a theology of transcendent symbols. Why? Because the articulation of a new vision informed by transcendent symbols may only serve to redouble the alienation of humanity from nature. ’ Otherwise the projected freedom remains disconnected from contemporary circumstance (and the original liberating message).

For incarnation has to do with the liberation and transformation of creation. 50. Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), p. 68. 51. Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994), i i , p. 11. 52. Williams, On Christian Theology, pp. 67–8. 21 22 God, nature and modernity In other words, creation is understood to be a Trinitarian action; creation is the external action of the triune God. Why, then, do I describe this book as an inquiry into the theology of nature rather than into the doctrine of creation?

67 I would not wish to overstress the contrast between these two styles: holding to a different future is important. Yet I am arguing that the transformation of social relations will only be secured by way of political– ideological analysis. Theologically, such transformation can only be 64. McFague, Models of God, p. 78. 65. McFague, The Body of God, p. 83. 66. Norman Gottwald, The Tribes of Yahweh, cited in Oelschlaeger, Caring for Creation, p. 90. 67. See my Theology, Ideology and Liberation, esp.

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