Theology in changing times

This book “Doing Theology in the Age of Trump: A critical report on Christian Nationalism” is a work of theological reflections, about the state of Christianity and the moral character of the evangelical Right, which the nationalist/populist movement of Trumpism has co-opted. The contributors are academics in theology and religion of the Westar Seminar on God and the Human Future. While the Gospel is good news for the poor and woe to the rich, the authors expose how Christian Nationalism has led to various forms of economic oppression contributing to a vast, dynamic global network of systemic injustice and marginalization.
The books weakness from my science perspective was an adequate theology of the twin “Eco’s” of Ecology and Economy that describe two aspects of our common home. Ecology is governed by nature’s laws, within which humans construct their Economy governed by laws of human self-interest. While humans radically modify ecological systems for the economy they cannot change the fundamental laws under which these ecosystems have evolved to enable higher orders of life. These economies easily become corrupt, highly instable or self-destructive when the social contract on which they depend fails. The Christian Right long based on claims on the inerrancy of the bible have failed to accept science based on the immutability of the laws of nature leading to an escalating crisis of ecological destruction and global warming.

Richard Smith Progressive Christian Network, Western Australia

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4 thoughts on “Theology in changing times

  1. Lorraine Parkinson

    Thank you Richard, for this insightful review. As always, you hit the proverbial fundamental nail on the head. No matter how much humans can point to their ‘progress’, it cannot be denied that it is now far and away from what Planet Earth can sustain. As you say, a theology critically linking the two ‘Eco’s’ is sorely needed, to expose the destructiveness of human-dominant religion.

  2. Ruben E Rosenrauch

    Liberal theology has the same negative sides.
    Their paradigm allows them to own private enterprise and companies,
    using the name of G-d to take economic advantage from workers that are believers.

  3. Paul Inglis Post author

    Interesting comment Ruben but I think it is a bit obscure. Perhaps you could develop this idea with some examples.

  4. Sara

    (adequate theology of) Stewardship is the part missing from this book, I guess.
    as a (failed) science student, I will read it and see for myself

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