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Christianity and Ecological Ethics: The Significance of Process Thought and a Panexperientialist Critique of Strong Anthropocentrism

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Abstract

Christianity has contributed to the development of a strong anthropocentric ethic. Christian theologians have developed new ways of thinking about the place of humans in nature, often by focussing on the Godhumanityrelationship. Thinking about the third component of themetaphysical trinity, nature, has largely remained unchanged. Christian theology needs to make an ontological detour or tour de force to overcome lingering materialist and dualist conceptions of nature, and to embrace key aspects of process thought, most notably panexperientialism. This will pave the way for the required weak anthropocentric ethic.


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Author(s): Deckers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ecotheology

Year: 2004

Volume: 9

Issue: 3

Pages: 359-387

Date deposited: 08/04/2010

ISSN (print): 1749-4907

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4915

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/ecot.9.3.359.59073

DOI: 10.1558/ecot.9.3.359.59073


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