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Without Nature?A New Condition for Theology$
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David Albertson and Cabell King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230693.001.0001

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With Radical Amazement: Ecology and the Recovery of Creation

With Radical Amazement: Ecology and the Recovery of Creation

(p.54) With Radical Amazement: Ecology and the Recovery of Creation
Without Nature?

William French

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that the emergence of broad ecological degradation and new biogenetic engineering capabilities, while certainly posing new threats, challenges, and ranges of moral responsibility, do not confront us with a condition of being “without nature.” In fact, the emergence of the ecological sciences in the last century has helped open peoples' eyes across the globe to humanity's inextricable dependency upon the well-being of Earth's ecosystems and stable climate patterns. The chapter further argues that it is not that the expanding threats of ecological degradation and climate change confront us with a situation such that we stand “without nature” in some “new condition for theology.”. Rather, it suggests that for dominant streams of modern philosophy and Protestant theology, thinking “without nature” has been the norm. Viewing theological reflection “without nature” is in fact a deeply entrenched problem for dominant streams of Protestant and Catholic thinking across the history of the modern period.

Keywords:   ecological degradation, biogenetic engineering, without nature, ecological sciences, religious thought

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