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Ecofaith: Reading Scripture in an Era of Ecological Crisis

School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Religions 2019, 10(3), 154; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030154
Received: 4 February 2019 / Revised: 27 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Trends in New Testament Study)
This essay outlines the emerging field of ecological theology (ecotheology) with a primary focus on the methods of ecological hermeneutics developed by biblical scholars, ethicists, and theologians. This relatively new approach to reading ancient sacred texts has emerged in tandem with, and partially as a result of, increased public, political, and scientific consensus on the impacts of anthropogenic global warming and the ranging environmentally related effects (e.g., reduction of biodiversity and ecosystems, deforestation, loss of fertile lands, and so forth). The demands of our current context have challenged scholars to consider how religious anthropocentric worldviews have influenced historical readings of the Bible in ways that have contributed to the crisis and constricted the ecological contours of the ancient text. In order to place these developments within a broader historical context, the first section summarizes the history and trajectory of ecological hermeneutics over the past four decades. The main section of this work outlines and summarizes the different types of reading strategies being considered and debated among scholars today and includes promising examples of ecocritical readings of biblical texts. These readings are based on a constructive and critical engagement of ancient texts in light of the modern environmental challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bible; New Testament; ecotheology; hermeneutics; anthropocentric; hierarchical dualism; environment; nature; creation Bible; New Testament; ecotheology; hermeneutics; anthropocentric; hierarchical dualism; environment; nature; creation
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