Celia Deane-Drummond

« Nature, Sophia and Spirit: Interpreting Creation and New Creation Under the Sign of the Wisdom of the Cross and Resurrection »


Concilium 2018-5. Ökologie und Theologie der Natur
Concilium 2018-5. Ecology and Theology
Concilium 2018-5. Ecología y teología de la naturaleza
Concilium 2018-5. Écologie et théologie de la nature
Concilium 2018-5. Ecologia e teologia della natura
Concilium 2018-5.

Linda Hogan, João Vila-Chã, Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator

The global and media-driven Western culture is much more conscious of living in a world that is full of suffering, vulnerability and death. The influence of Neo-Darwinian evolutionary biology is not far behind; the idea of nature ‘red in tooth and claw’ has left its mark on the social landscape. Contemporary Neo-Darwinianism has provided explanations for behaviors associated with violence and all manner of social injustices. Given that, many theologians may either avoid dealing with evolutionary biology and the ecological sciences or resort to forms of romanticism that refuse to face up to natural suffering. The purpose of this article is to show how in the midst of such a cultural context it can still make sense to speak in the theological language of Sophia, Wisdom, both creaturely and Divine. When read through New Testament lenses, Sophiology1 points to a new creation that provides a basis of joy filled hope rather than a false optimism that overlooks present troubles.

1. Nature

Facing honestly what ecologists tell us about what is h