European Journal of Science and Theology vol:4 issue:2 pages:79-90
Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics (ECOTHEE-2008) location:Orthodox Academy of Crete, Chania, Greece date:2-6 June 2008
Today, there has been an increased awakening to environmental issues. Evidently, since human beings depend on other things in the eco-system for their survival, they need to cherish and care for the cosmos in which they live. However, in the exercise of its creative intelligence, humankind has manipulated the environment in a way that has tampered with the ecological balance. A lot of factors are responsible for this, among which are the Enlightenment objectivistic world-view, rise of capitalism, and the industrial revolution etc. The effect of this imbalance affects both the natural environment and human beings themselves.
There is need, therefore, for a hallowing of the integrity of creation. At the heart of this quest is metanoia, a change of heart that breeds a certain kind of life-style – personal and communal. Gerald O’Collins sees the theological background for the re-appreciation of the integrity of creation in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. For him, resurrection is not only a re-creative event but also revelatory – revealing something about Jesus, God, human beings and their world. As eschatological event, it touches the entire reality, bringing them into harmonious whole. Leaning on his interpretation, this paper will argue that understanding the resurrection of Jesus as it relates to human beings and their world will offer, hopefully, that required “change of heart that leads to a new way of living on earth.”