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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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Abstract

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: 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
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 01:16
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 04:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/543

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