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Sallie McFague is the Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University. Her books relating ecology and Christianity are The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (1993) and Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature (1997).

 

Abstract of paper given at Christianity and Ecology conference:
Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?

From prophetic, sacramental, and wisdom traditions to eschatological, process, and liberation ones, Christianity is well supplied to address ecological issues from various christological positions. This paper will outline features critical to an ecological christology and the praxis it implies. This christology is summed up in the phrase "God with us" and has two dimensions, a prophetic and a sacramental one. The prophetic line, from the message and cross of Jesus, emphasizes justice for the oppressed and limits for the oppressor. The sacramental line, from the incarnation and resurrection of Christ, suggests God's presence with all of creation as well as hope that a new creation is possible, that "ecological despair" can be overcome. In order to do this, Christians need to understand nature as "subject" (not object) and to learn how nature works on small and large scales. The example of global warming will illustrate how christology, when informed by current scientific and economic knowledge, can help Christians act responsibly toward nature.

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