Eco-feminist theology – some reflections

Rosemary Radford Ruether in Gaia and God, argues that traditional images of God as male, set God apart from creation. Eco-feminist theology encourages the true at-one-ment, that enables us to see the God as intrinsic to creation, not just transcendent, and therefore most obvious in the natural world. She underscores this in her work that researches women of the third world by bringing into focus that fact that reclaiming earth-based spirituality is not heathen to Christianity. But that it is through women’s sense of the sacred, that we are able to dismantle the rift between body and spirit, earth and heaven, sacred and mortal, divine and created. Elizabeth Johnson also draws from the traditional notion of the tiered universe that draws uncrossable lines of distinction, to the metaphor of the circle as she speaks of the Creator Spirit and the discernment of kinship with the earth (Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit). To consider the earth as ‘other’ from God, to deem the forests as temporal is to regard the forest, and other natural wonders as disposable.

from a reflection by Rev Dr Robyn Schaefer, Earth Sunday, 2011

References: contact Robyn Schaefer

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