Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ecologies of Grace, Chapter 3

November 19, 2009

From here the book seems to pick up the pace a bit. “The strategy of ecojustice organizes Christian environmental ethics around the theological status of creation.” (p.61) Moral respect for nature is drawn into a wider narrative (and God saw that it was good.) Discussions of justice lead to discussions or environmental sustainability and human dignity. Jenkins surveys various ecojustice ethicists and suggests that they transform the similar and secular strategy. The integrity (with its ethical consequences) of creation is discerned through Christian spiritual practice through which we come to understand something of God’s relation to the world. (p.66)

One challenge of this strategy relates to uncertainty about the role nature might play to form humanity into intimacy with God. A second relates to how we are to understand those aspects of nature that are possibly signs of nature’s degeneracy rather than integrity. What are we to make of earthquake pestilence famine and flood? Is the human suffering caused by these ‘natural occurrences part of the consequence of the fall or are they something to be included in a full account of what God created?

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