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ERIC Number: ED555109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-5600-4
Ministering with the Earth: Towards an Ecologically Liberating Christianity in Latin America
Astudillo, Neddy H.
ProQuest LLC, D.Min. Dissertation, Drew University
The environmental crisis challenges us to look at our relationships with the rest of the world, human, animal, vegetable, and mineral. That the resources of our faith could apparently not foresee or prevent the environmental crisis leads many to suspect that this faith is complicit with the crisis, and it prompts us to reexamine our theologies to find answers. Several Christian churches and theological institutions in Latin America have heard a call to heal the earth, even before comprehending the theological underpinnings of the environmental crisis. For them, this is a time of self-reflection and action. The purpose of my Doctor of Ministry project is to join and support this effort with education directed at seminary students in Latin America, specifically a course on ecotheology. Ecotheology explores the road to ecojustice in Latin America through a spirituality that is appreciative of the earth and of all its human and non-human creatures, especially the marginalized earth. This journey leads us to revisit our way of knowing, the fundamentals of our faith, our understanding of God, human beings, nature, and the environmental crisis. Trusting that Christ has and continues to be fully present on the earth (Col 1:16), this journey also leads as to search for signs of Christ within Latin American soil, faiths, and cultures to heal our social, spiritual, ecological wounds and to show us the way out of the crisis and towards the Realm of God. The course I taught in various seminaries was effective in introducing people to theological and biblical resources that can undergird a way out of the environmental crisis. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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