Moving beyond confessional theologies and secular philosophies about the world : towards an ecodomic public attitude about nature
Author(s)Simut, Corneliu C.
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AbstractThis article is firstly an investigation of traditional Christian thought about the world with the
purpose of establishing whether Christianity’s three main confessions (Eastern Orthodoxy,
Roman Catholicism and mainline Protestantism) share similar concerns about the current
situation of nature. Secondly, the investigation is followed by a comparison between the
common features of these three confessional theologies and similar patterns of thought in the
secular world, with the intention of finding ecological issues that are common not only to the
three confessional theologies but also to secular philosophies. Thirdly, the initial investigation
of Christianity’s three main confessional theologies, followed by the comparison between
these confessional theologies and secular philosophies of nature, is completed by the concrete
proposal that, in order for contemporary ecological issues to be met with viable solutions, a
common public attitude about nature, which goes beyond confessional theologies and secular
philosophies, needs to be pursued globally in an ecodomic (constructive and edifying) manner.
CONTRIBUTION : Despite the numerous theories about concrete ways to improve the current
state of nature, this article is an attempt to go a step beyond the established theological and
philosophical perspectives on the world towards a constructive public attitude which is meant
to be characterised by the real possibility of immediate action.
Special Collection entitled Theology and Nature, sub-edited by Johan Buitendag (UP).
Dogmatics and Christian Ethics
Simuț, C.C., 2020, ‘Moving
theologies and secular
philosophies about the
world: Towards an ecodomic
public attitude about nature’,
HTS Teologiese Studies/
Theological Studies 76(1),