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Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227457

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227457.001.0001

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The Hope of the Earth: A Process Ecoeschatology for South Korea

The Hope of the Earth: A Process Ecoeschatology for South Korea

(p.392) The Hope of the Earth: A Process Ecoeschatology for South Korea

Seung Gap Lee

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that in a process-eschatological spirituality, Korean Christianity is challenged to turn its emphasis to the earth as its true home. As Keller warns, interest in another life must not steal its energy from this life. This warning is applicable for the South Korean churches and believers who are responsible for the ecological crisis, because in their practice of eschatological faith as an escapist utopianism “distraction from the earth complies with the destruction of the earth.” The believers in the South Korean churches must depart from their hope for returning to a home that is supposedly prepared by God, not here and in this world, but in another world beyond. Rather, the earth, facing the threat of total destruction by a multidimensional ecological crisis, is our home. Accordingly, the eschatological ecoethical spirituality that the South Korean churches should restore includes a determination for turning back to home, to the earth.

Keywords:   ecological theology, South Korea, ecoeschatology, Christianity, earth

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