THE CHURCH AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SEVEN STATIONS TOWARDS THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE WHOLE EARTH

Ernst M. Conradie

Abstract


This contribution offers a broad orientation regarding theological discourse on the church
and the environment. The question is what the church as church can do in addressing
environmental threats. The eschatological uniqueness of the church is taken into account,
as well as the different dimensions of Christian witness (marturia), namely kerygma,
diakonia, koinonia and leitourgia. The argument is structured in the form of seven spiritual
‘stations’ towards the sanctification of the whole earth. The thesis is that the ‘and’ in the
phrase ‘church and environment’ requires theological reflection. If we also reflect on the
situatedness of the church in the environment, this opens up possibilities to see the
distinctive place of the church within the larger household of God – which would then also
offer a theological re-description of the term ‘environment’.

Keywords


Church; Environment; Sanctification; Witness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/107-0-133

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