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Can there be a Forgiveness that makes a Difference Ecologically?

Elvey, Anne (2009) Can there be a Forgiveness that makes a Difference Ecologically? Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies, 22 (2). pp. 148-170. ISSN 1030-570X

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    The article considers master/slave relations in the Gospel of Luke as a background to understanding forgiveness ecologically. I draw on the work of ecophilosopher Val Plumwood, who identifies a master/slave dynamic operating in a logic of colonisation. An important aspect of this master/slave dynamic is the ascription of agency to the master and no, or limited, agency to the slave. I re-situate agency within a more-than-human sociality that includes both human and other than human members of the Earth community. I interpret forgeveness in Luke as a gracious interruption (or gift) that occurs within the materiality of this community. Through a life-giving shift toward freedom, this gift of forgeveness enables in turn a life-giving agency, enacted in a more-than-human community.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): forgiveness, Gospel of Luke, ecophilosophy, Val Plumwood, colonisation, master/slave agency, freedom
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 11:16
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 15:33
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/543

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