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Living with Tiny AliensThe Image of God for the Anthropocene$
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Adam Pryor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288311

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.001.0001

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An Artful Planet

An Artful Planet

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(p.128) Chapter 7 An Artful Planet
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Living with Tiny Aliens
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Adam Pryor

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.003.0008

This chapter offers a constructive account of interpreting the Anthropocene and the imago Dei as corroborative symbols interpreted in an astrobiological context of engagement by weaving the crucial themes of intra-action, refraction, planetarity, and deep time together. It proposes that to be the imago Dei is not a property of individuals or even a species but describes a categorical shift in planetary flows of energy and matter. This is a shift from biogeochemical cycles to technobiogeochemical cycles. If human beings live into our shared responsibility for being the imago Dei, then the Earth should be understood as not only a living planet, but an artful one.

Keywords:   Anthropocene, artful planet, astrobiology, biogeochemical cycles, image of God, living planet, symbol, technobiogeochemical cycles

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