Why Ecotheology?

Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog, and encouraged me to keep it up! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, partly due to travel (Germany has some really excellent sustainability public policies, by the way) but the posting delay is also partly due to rethinking the structure of what I write here. One primary goal of this blog is to provide an internet-based resource for those interested in the original Christian creation care theology and practices, but I’m realizing it is actually more personal than that.

While visiting  and reading the literature from the Rachel Carson Environmental Humanities Center in Munich, Germany, I came across the excellent writing of Markus Vogt in the RCC Perspectives publication. What he says here has clearly defined my mission in this blog:

“The rediscovery of the [original Christian] ethics of Creation [in the 1980’s] has, however, often been only superficial. Creation is misused as a convenient hook on which to hang sentimental ideas of ecology… serving merely to add weight to ecological imperatives and increase moral pressure.”

THAT is exactly why I focus on ancient Christian Earth-keeping. Creation ethics was an original part of  theology and Christian living. It faded to the background fairly recently as a reaction to the rise of a world-view shaped by Darwin, and so has been somewhat forgotten. Now creation theology and ethics is resurging as a tiny talking point meant to promote a modern environmentalist political policy or lifestyle among Christians. It is often an introduction before a promotion for a product or vote. I find that abhorrent — teaching about sacred practices should not serve as a promotion for a particular worldly agenda! (Even if the theological teachings will ultimately inspire worldly actions of some sort).

I am looking in my own life to live out the Christian calling to be a Priest of Creation, to raise up all of God’s creation to His glory, to be transfigured by His grace. In addition to essays of what I’ve learned, this blog is the chronicle of my journey into an authentic, original practice of ancient Christian Earth-keeping and shamar. Thank you for joining me. I look forward to hearing your comments.

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4 thoughts on “Why Ecotheology?

  1. I appreciate your words here very much. It is terribly disheartening to see such a large bloc of those in the Church who share my concerns about justice and Creation get sucked in to the anti-Christian assumptions and worldview of secular activism. The Ancient Faith podcast on social justice, for example, has been exasperatingly shallow and, largely, just an anachronistic recasting of the Fathers as proto-secularist Liberals and of Christian love itself as proto-Modernity. We need so much better. Keep writing. Perhaps even approach Ancient Faith as an alternative voice (blog or podcast).

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  2. Veronika: thank you. Some months ago, I sent you an article I had written on an Orthodox ecology. I believe it is comprehensive & covers everything you say & more about this issue. Although you acknowledged the email, I never heard anything more about it. Why? Fr. Terence Baz, Clifton, NJ

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  3. Because i have been helping a friend through a crisis and haven’t even checked my email for this account. Would truly love to continue this discussion with you through my personal email Ashleyveronikazappe at gmail. Please do contact me!

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