Tracing origins of twenty‐first century ecotheology: The poetry of Christopher Southgate

Zygon 53 (3):866-875 (2018)

Margaret Boone Rappaport
Ohio State University (PhD)
With the goal of better understanding how science, religion, and poetic art came together in the work of Christopher Southgate, the authors first explore his spiritual poetry. They come away with a better understanding of the author’s commitment to a broad naturalism that contributes, along with his own faith experience, to his prose works in the emerging field of ecotheology. The authors conclude that Southgate’s work is part of the worldwide emergence of a theological rationale that supports environmentalism, the protection of species, and the conservation of biodiversity. The authors find Southgate’s poetry warm, appealing, accessible, and re-readable to good effect, but with a thread of danger and warning throughout. Both features are quite appropriate for the environmental movement in the twenty-first century.
Keywords Christopher Southgate  Ecology  Ecotheology  Environmentalism  Naturalism  Science and Religion
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DOI 10.1111/zygo.12436
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