Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Cultivating Unity: Within the Biodiversity of God

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Cultivating Unity: Within the Biodiversity of God

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Cultivating Unity: within the Biodiversity of God. By Anne Primavesi. Salem, Ore.: Polebridge Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-5981-5031-5. v and 209 pages. Paper. $20.00.

Irish systematic theologian Anne Primavesi has written extensively on ecology and particularly the theological implications of the Gaia hypothesis. In Cultivating Unity she analyzes the Christian tradition with regard to biodiversity. Primavesi argues the tradition has undermined respect for biodiversity through an anthropocentric bias and a distorted, imperial view of God. The God of Jesus suggests a radically different understanding of God's kingdom which recognizes the interdependence and indiscriminate value of all things. Jesus is a parable of God, the embodiment of God's kingdom--of koinonia--in the world.

In a context of increasing awareness about environmental interconnection and alteration Primavesi raises important questions for scholars, clergy, and lay Christians to contemplate. She draws attention to ecotheological concerns about the doctrine of incarnation (What does it mean for the human's and God's relation to other forms of life?) and ethical concerns about the nature of community while maintaining diversity and of how to promote radical nonviolence. …

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