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The Body of God: An Ecological Theology Paperback – May 1, 1993
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A very distinctive and important new option for Christian theology. McFague proposes in a clear and challenging way a theological program based on what she calls 'the organic model' for conceiving God.
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She wrote in the Introduction to this 1993 book, "The present essay... attempts to look at everything through one lens, the model of the universe or world as God's body... (a model) that is neglected, essential, illuminating, and helpful both to Christian doctrinal reformulation and to planetary well-being." Later, she adds, "Body, then, is the model I suggest we investigate thoroughly as possible for an ecological theology." (Pg. 17)
She concedes, however, that we can accept reductionism as a successful method of research as well as the physical base of all levels of nonliving and living entities "and, at the same time, opt for the holistic, organic view as the picture of reality or metaphysics with which theology should be in conversation." (Pg. 93) She suggests that the model of the body of God "can serve as a unifying metaphor, encompassing in scope both creation and salvation---the liberation, healing, and fulfillment of all bodies." (Pg. 135)
She argues that "we should not use natural evil as a smokescreen to hide the real ecological problem: human selfishness and greed... biological and cultural evolution---or natural evil and sin---are now inextricably joined with us. The distinction between them is blurred, for natural evils seldom occur in our time withour human complicity. And it is the latter for which we are responsible and that lie within our power to change." (Pg. 177)
Starting from the "Cosmic Christ" image, she states, "Our model is unlimited at one end and restrictive at the other: the entire cosmos is the habitat of God, but we can know this only through the mediation of the physical world." (Pg. 182-183)
This book will be of interest to persons looking for creative modern approaches to theology.
This book is beautifully written and interesting to read. I highly recommend it.