CHO HYUN-CHUL, S.J., AN ECOLOGICAL VISION OF THE WORLD. Toward a Christian Ecological Theology for Our Age
The overall ecological situation of the earth has been deteriorating, due in great part to humanity's extravagant exploitation of the planet, to such a degree that the whole ecosystem has been severely degraded. Some species are disappearing at an alarming rate, and some others, including the human race itself, are on the brink of extinction.
This study is an endeavor on the basis of the Christian theological tradition to overcome the tendency of the human's arrogant domination and reckless exploitation of nature and the consequent ecological crisis. It is unfolded around one main and three subsequent propositions, and it employs as its theological resources the four theologians, Karl Rahner, Jürgen Moltmann, Leonardo Boff, and Sallie McFague.
This study presents an alternative vision of the world to the current, excessively dualistic and anthropocentric worldview. This alternative worldview is an ecological vision of the world, which is relational and inclusive. This ecological worldview is a Christian vision of the world, which is rooted in the triune God, who created the world out of love, became a creature out of love, and is present in creation out of love from beginning to end. It is further asserted that this ecological vision of the world can contribute to a spirituality of life and peace and to a Christian life committed to cosmic justice.
CHO HYUN-CHUL, S.J., entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained in 2000. He studied at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. where he received a Master of Divinity and a License in Theology, and at the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy where he was awarded a Doctorate in Theology.
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