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The Theistic Naturalism of Arthur Peacocke as a Framework for Ecological Theology

Guess, Deborah (2016) The Theistic Naturalism of Arthur Peacocke as a Framework for Ecological Theology. Phronema, 31 (2). pp. 63-84. ISSN ISSN 0819-4920

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Abstract

Our ecological context calls for theologies of nature which cohere both with an ecological ethos and with the Christian tradition. A framework for this is found in the theistic naturalism advocated by Anglican priest-scientist Arthur Peacocke. Peacocke s theology is naturalistic because it is grounded in scientific understandings yet is theistic because it affirms a real, personal creator-God. Underscored by a panentheist understanding of God's creative action, Peacocke s theistic naturalism allows a (derived) sacredness or holiness to be ascribed to the natural world, which is paralleled by Jesus' incarnational continuity with the entire cosmos. This allows for the world to be seen as sacramental, and for a high value to be attributed to matter, resonating both with the ecotheological assertion of the inherent value of the material world and the central place given to bodies and matter in the Christian tradition.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Theistic Naturalism, Arthur Peacocke, Ecological Theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 14:21
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 14:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2323

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