In and of the world? Christian theological anthropology and environmental ethics

Mainstream currents within Christianity havelong insisted that humans, among all creatures, areneither fully identified with their physical bodiesnor fully at home on earth. This essay outlines theparticular characteristics of Christian notions ofhuman nature and the implications of this separationfor environmental ethics. It then examines recentefforts to correct some damaging aspects oftraditional Christian understandings of humanity''splace in nature, especially the notions of physicalembodiment and human embeddedment in earth. Theprimary goal of the essay is not to offer acomprehensive evaluation of Christian thinking aboutnature but rather to identify theological anthropologyas a crucial dimension of, and problem for, Christianenvironmental ethics.
Keywords Theology (Christian)  Christianity  human nature  environment  eco-theology  natural law  embodiment  stewardship ethics  Thomas Aquinas  Augustine  Paul  Martin Luther  Reinhold Niebuhr
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009503215606
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