Ecospirit : religion, philosophy, and the earth by Laurel Kearns, Catherine Keller

By Laurel Kearns, Catherine Keller

We hope-even as we doubt-that the environmental drawback could be managed. Public wisdom of our species' self-destructiveness as fabric beings in a fabric global is growing-but so is the destructiveness. the sensible interventions wanted for saving and restoring the earth would require a collective shift of such importance as to tackle a religious and spiritual intensity.This transformation has partly already all started. Traditions of ecological theology and ecologically conscious spiritual perform were getting ready the best way for many years. but those traditions nonetheless stay marginal to society, academy, and church. With a clean, transdisciplinary procedure, Ecospirit probes the potential for a eco-friendly shift radical adequate to permeate the traditional roots of our sensibility and the social assets of our perform. From new language for imagining the earth as a dwelling flooring to present structures of nature in theology, technology, and philosophy; from environmentalism's wondering of postmodern notion to a backyard of eco-friendly doctrines, rituals, and liturgies for modern faith, those unique essays discover and extend our experience of the way to continue within the face of an ecological drawback that calls for new pondering and appearing. in the course of planetary concern, they activateimagination, humor, ritual, and desire

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They find value in red grace. This is the wholeness that comes through being honest about our own suffering and sharing in the suffering of others; accepting our own responsibility for whatever harm we have inflicted on others or ourselves; and recognizing that, even amidst our own harmful actions and suffering, new life is possible. Joan and Sarah know red grace from the inside out. Joan has had a bout with cancer, and she has been shepherded through the process by Sarah’s deep listening. In their shared suffering, a certain kind of bond has emerged that cannot emerge otherwise.

We can look at the stars and galaxies above us, and we can look into the eyes of another living being. This is why nontheistic ecotheologians are yet theologians. Of course they are theologians in a rather unique sense. Even if they may not believe in God or Brahman, the Lord or the Abyss, they have a sense of the sacred in the things of this world and in their potentially beautiful connections with one another. THEOLOGY FROM THE OUTSIDE IN AND THE INSIDE OUT Ecotheologians are thus people who trust in the sacred: vertical, horizontal, or both.

But the more common struggle is with consumerism. Many ecotheologians struggle with the voice of consumerism and more particularly with the tension they inherit from being a part of consumer culture between two discrete ways of living, both of which call for response—a life of ambition and a life of integrity. If we are driven by ambition, our desire is to acquire prestige through achievements in the marketplace and conspicuous consumption. We want to ‘‘be successful’’ and ‘‘get ahead of others’’ so that we might make our mark in the world.

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