Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Ecotheology 9.3 December 2004

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

Jan Deckers
Issued Date: 22 Feb 2007


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 Godhumanity
relationship. Thinking about the third component of the
metaphysical 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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DOI: 10.1558/ecot.9.3.359.59073


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