Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Dr. Daniel Brunner
Dr. Randy Woodley
The image of God has carried with it a special designation for humanity within the panoply of life on earth. This project attempts to reorient and expand theological anthropology to include the ecological dimension in Christian perspective to cultivate an understanding of the ecological self. This project will place traditional interpretations of what it means to be human into conversation with twentieth-century ecological philosophies and Native American spirituality in order to broaden the Christian imagination for understanding ourselves within creation. Vine Deloria’s analyses of Western temporal thinking and spatial thinking demonstrated by Native worldviews provides perspective for necessary theological shifts to support a Christian ecotheological anthropology.
Garcia, Peter, "Toward an Ecotheological Anthropology" (2014). Seminary Masters Theses. 15.