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Transitions Part II

(Continued from the preceding post.)

What paths have theologies and religions taken on these issues?How does this multidimensional, cross-cultural communion of saints view the trinity of God, humanity, and other nature?Is there pattern we can discern?If we loosely use the terms ultraconservatives, conservative, mainline, and progressives, we can see a pattern of religious and theological response within Christianity that goes something like this.On the ultraconservative side, where there is any sensitivity to these issues, there is a slow but growing awareness of an Earth care responsibility based on a view that places God at the top of the heap, humanity at the top of what are referred to as the 'created orders,' and everything else being created by God for human use. Also, these theologies frequently view the cosmos as being fixed in time and space.That really doesn't leave much room for the evolution of anything, and evolution is the unifying principle of the biological …

Transitions Part I

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In the early 2000’s I was appointed a Fellow with the Green Institute (http://www.greeninstitute.net/). During that time I studied, analyzed, and wrote about the increasingly intense activity at the intersection of religion, theology, and environment. Around the same time, I was instrumental in forming the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group within the Society for Conservation Biology(http://www.conbio.org/workinggroups/Religion/. I am President Emeritus of this organization and an active member. NASA Photo Over the past several decades we have experienced a growing ecological awareness, nationally and internationally, on a number of cultural levels, in many different sectors of society, and in a number of other societies and cultures. Along with this awareness has come an increased anxiety about the ways in which humans impact Earth and its resources and the results of these impacts on human well-being and the well-being of Earth.
The first views of an apparently very fragi…