Towards an Ecologically Sensitive Pneumatology

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Abstract

Theology of creation has liberated itself from the shadows of the debate on natural theology. After Moltmann’s explorations on the theme of pneumatology and ecology others have moved towards more reality and experience-oriented conceptions. In this contribution some of these proposals are discussed and recommendations are made in order to develop a pneumatology that is informed by trinitarian-theological insights as well as empirical ecologically informed research.

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Hendrikus Berkhof, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Richmond VA: John Knox Press, 1964), 10.

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See Bob Goudzwaard, Capitalism and Progress. A Diagnosis of Western Society (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979). For a careful discussion of the notion of stewardship, see E.M. Conradie, “The dispute on ‘responsible stewardship’ as a metaphor for Christian earthkeeping”, The South African Baptist Journal of Theology Vol. 16 (2007), 173-190.

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Sigurd Bergmann, Creation Set Free: The Spirit as Liberator of Nature (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005).

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Bergmann, Creation Set Free, 63.

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Cf. also Ernst. M. Conradie, “A few Perspectives on cosmic Pneumatology”, Ned. Geref. Teologiese Tydskrif, 42 (2001), 287-301.

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Ellen F. Davis, Scripture, Culture and Agriculture. An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 4.

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Martine A. Vonk, Sustainability and Quality of Life: A Study on the religious worldviews, values and environmental impact of Amish, Hutterite, Franciscan and Benedictine Communities (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2011).

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