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Groaning of Creation: Final Thoughts

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We share our final thoughts on The Groaning of Creation.  Despite its relatively small size, it was densely packed with rich ideas to discuss and explore as Southgate covered a broad range of theologians and philosophers.

Here we give our final thoughts on this book.

We look forward for all our readers to join us for our next book in 2018.

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UPDATE: “The Groaning of Creation” Chapter 7 – Part II

 

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Should we interfere whenever an outbreak happens to an animal species that drives it to the point of extinction, or should we let Nature take its course and not interfere?  

 

We have come to the end of Christopher Southgate’s book The Groaning of Creation.  We will have one final meeting coming up to summarize our final thoughts of the book.

 

In this session we discuss the impact of human overpopulation and if humans should or ought to intervene when an animal species is on the brink of extinction.

 

Here are our essays.

 

 

Chapter 7: “Ethical Proposals and Conclusion” – Part II

 

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Should we work to prevent mass extinctions from happening, or at least lessen its rapid acceleration, or should we let it be and let Nature take its course?

 

We come to the end of the book as we finish off Chapter 7 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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UPDATE: Chapter 7: “Ethical Proposals and Conclusion” – Part I

 

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Can we treat animals we raise for consumption, like chickens, cattle, and turkeys, like we do our pet cats and dogs?

 

We’re coming to the end of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of CreationHere are our essays for Chapter 7.

 

 

“Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 7 – Part I

Should all animals kept for human consumption be freed for their own sake and happiness?  Or can their killing for meat and consumption be a “priestly act” through God’s permission, as Karl Barth puts it.

 

 

This week we will cover the first half of the final chapter of Christopher Southgate’s “The Groaning of Creation.”

 

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UPDATE: “The Groaning of Creation” Chapter 6: Part III

 

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We finish Chapter 6 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

We discussed the differences between pantheism and panentheistic models of God and their implications in relating with the world.

Here are our essays.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6: The Call of Humanity – Part III

LAUDATO SI – "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." Pope Francis

 

 

We will cover the last 2 sections of Chapter 6 in Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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“Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity” – Part I

 

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The Orthodox Church has differing views of theology in contrast with the Western Church.

 

Yes, it’s been a while since we last updated, but we just completed the first half of Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity”.

 

Here are our essays.

 

 

UPDATE: The Groaning of Creation – Chapter 5 – Part II

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Will predators continue to hunt prey in the new creation?

We finish up Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

One of the things that our group has learned, especially in this chapter, is how theology can be so speculative.  This proves to be true when dealing with a possible afterlife of animals.  This in turn transfers over to the speculative nature of what happens after death for humans as well.  In other words, there’s a whole lot of guessing and head-scratching involved, and including animals into the mix complicates it way more.

In Christian tradition or theology, it seems someone clear-cut as to what happens after death since we rely heavily upon the Bible as to what happens.  However, when you dig deeper, you will see that it is not so clear-cut as you would’ve liked it to have been.  For instance, early in the Old Testament there was a belief that all living souls went to an under-realm for the dead called “Sheol” which was very different from more popular understandings of heaven or the afterlife.  A post-mortem existence and possible afterlife and a resurrection of the dead appears in the post-exilic portion of the Old Testament (the book of Daniel in particular) that is further developed first by the writings of Paul and then the later gospel writings to varying degrees.

In other words, the Bible carries within it multiple views of what happens after death.  Even sparser or non-existent are what happens to animals after death.

Here are our essays related to these topics.

 

 

The Groaning of Creation: Chapter 5 – Part II

 

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What will the predator and prey relationship be like in the new earth?  Will we all become vegetarians?  Will there be any need for food sources?

 

We will finish Chapter 5 of The Groaning of Creation.

 

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