Ecologization of Christian Faith: Living The Love Commandment in an Ecozonic Age

Mathew Jayanth
2006 Zenodo  
The main argument of the article is that an ecological under­ standing of God and human beings provides the necessary motivation to link ecological concerns with faith. Accord-­ ingly, this essay will begin with an environmentally based reading of the love commandment, with a view to establish­- ing that the concern for the environment is integral to the love commandment. In the second section on creation and ecology, the author applies the broader understanding of the love commandment to the
more » ... vironmental issues and in­ dicates how environmental concerns become an essential part of living the Christian faith in a world facing ecological degradation. Here, basing himself on the teaching of the Church on ecology, the author discusses the relationship between God and creation and between human beings and creation to show that relationships are mediated through the environment and, therefore, the health of the environ­- ment is a necessary condition for the maintenance of an authentic relational life. The final section will focus on some of the environmental ethical principles enunciated by the church that point to the ways in which Christians ought to live the love commandment in an ecozonic age.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4266687 fatcat:zxtatjjboretja2sgrsgaw5eae