The Pastoral Challenge of the Environmental Crisis : Environmental Anxiety and Lutheran Eco-Reformation

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Pihkala , P P 2016 , ' The Pastoral Challenge of the Environmental Crisis : Environmental Anxiety and Lutheran Eco-Reformation ' , Dialog , vol. 55 , no. 2 , pp. 131-140 . https://doi.org/10.1111/dial.12239

Title: The Pastoral Challenge of the Environmental Crisis : Environmental Anxiety and Lutheran Eco-Reformation
Author: Pihkala, Panu Petteri
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2016-06
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Dialog
ISSN: 0012-2033
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/dial.12239
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304386
Abstract: Plans for a Lutheran “eco-reformation” are complicated by the polarization of views related to environmental issues. I argue that there is a special reason to take the agenda of eco-reformation seriously: a widespread and often unconscious environmental anxiety, which posits a pastoral and existential challenge that must be addressed by the churches. I contextualize the challenge of eco-reformation in the historical context of Lutheran eco-theology. Finally, I briefly discuss two key themes for Lutheran eco-theology: God's presence in nature and the theology of the cross.
Subject: 614 Theology
ecotheology
eco-reformation
eco-anxiety
lutheran theology
Climate change
environmental ethics
environmental philosophy
nature
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