Original Research - Special Collection: Theology and Nature

Moving beyond confessional theologies and secular philosophies about the world: Towards an ecodomic public attitude about nature

Corneliu C. Simuț
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5990 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5990 | © 2020 Corneliu C. Simuț | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 March 2020 | Published: 27 July 2020

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Corneliu C. Simuț, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is firstly an investigation of traditional Christian thought about the world with the purpose of establishing whether Christianity’s three main confessions (Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and mainline Protestantism) share similar concerns about the current situation of nature. Secondly, the investigation is followed by a comparison between the common features of these three confessional theologies and similar patterns of thought in the secular world, with the intention of finding ecological issues that are common not only to the three confessional theologies but also to secular philosophies. Thirdly, the initial investigation of Christianity’s three main confessional theologies, followed by the comparison between these confessional theologies and secular philosophies of nature, is completed by the concrete proposal that, in order for contemporary ecological issues to be met with viable solutions, a common public attitude about nature, which goes beyond confessional theologies and secular philosophies, needs to be pursued globally in an ecodomic (constructive and edifying) manner.

Contribution: Despite the numerous theories about concrete ways to improve the current state of nature, this article is an attempt to go a step beyond the established theological and philosophical perspectives on the world towards a constructive public attitude which is meant to be characterised by the real possibility of immediate action.


Keywords

Ecodomy; Public theology; Confessional theology; Secular philosophy; The Earth Charter; Accra Confession; Ecology; Nature

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