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Religion and Theology
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Women, Earth, and Creative Spirit by Elizabeth A. Johnson, a critique The purpose of this book in Ms. Johnson’s own words is: I propose to explore the thesis that the exploitation of the earth, which has reached crisis proportions in our day, is intimately linked to the marginalization of women, and that both of these predicaments are intrinsically related to forgetting the Creator Spirit who pervades the world in the dance of life…
She does this by saying that the model by which we establish our relationship to the earth is a pattern she calls the “kingship” model (p.29). Under the kingship model humanity sets up dualism that separates humankind from the rest of creation by establishing a dominionship of the former over the latter; but it is still below God who has as absolute dominion over humanity in the similar manner. Ms. Johnson states that under this model women are situated somewhere between “poodles and men,” (p. 29). So according to this pattern, men, as kings, can do what they like with both nature and women, which are subjects of the man. Ms. Johnson disputes this model. Ms. Johnson calls her theology panatheism. It’s a belief that all things are in God, as opposed to pantheism, which sees God in all things. Yet she does admit that traditional Christian theology does view God as above and apart from the world. Likewise, she does not accept the biblical Genesis story as the basis for her understanding of the world, but accepts a “cosmic history” that includes a long, slow-pace creation over billions of years, and the evolutionary creation of man as opposed to God’s act. ...
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