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Re-Conceiving God and Humanity in Light of Today's Evolutionary-Ecological Consciousness

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Abstract:

The anthropocentric orientation of traditional understandings of Christian faith and life, further accentuated by the existentialist terms in which theology was articulated in mid-century by Tillich and others, produced theologies no longer appropriate in today's world of evolutionary and ecological thinking about human existence and its embeddedness in the web of life on planet Earth. This problem can be addressed with the help of several new concepts that enable us to understand both humanity-in-the-world and God in ways in keeping with these present conceptions, thus providing a more intelligible and illuminating way of understanding Christian faith and life today.

Keywords: God; anthropocentrism; biohistorical; creativity; ecological crisis; evolution; faith; historicity; serendipitouscreativity; theology; trajectories

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00363

Affiliations: Harvard University Divinity School

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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