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Divine Ecozoics and Whitehead’s Adventure or Resurrection Metaphysics

Tokiyuki Nobuhara
Published Online: 2015-11-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0031

Abstract

My proposal of an Ecozoics of the Deity seeks to find the ground of ecology of the world in the fact that God is loyal to the place / Eco of emptiness as it empties itself, thereby paradoxically manifesting God as the only one in the universe who can and does actually evoke loyalty / life (Gr., Zoe) in us creatures. Thus, it endeavors to give a theological rationale to Thomas Berry’s idea of the Ecozoic Era. The proposal of Divine Ecozoics challenges Sallie McFague’s idea of the world as “God’s body” by advocating that God has God’s own secret indwelling place before entertaining the world as God’s visible body. The present essay, however, is endowed with the Johannine-Whiteheadian idea of the Great Friend with which to critically qualify my general argument for Divine Ecozoics. The vision of the Great Friend transmutes the general view of the reality into its unity of appearance, or the co-resurrection of the Son and of us creatures.

Keywords: Divine Ecozoics; Adventure; Resurrection; Thomas Berry; Sallie McFague; Whitehead; Ryokan

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About the article


Received: 2015-08-30

Accepted: 2015-09-07

Published Online: 2015-11-11


Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0031.

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