Longing For Running Water

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Gebara's profound and moving statement of principles of ecofeminism shows how intertwined are the tarnished environment around her and the poverty that afflicts her neighbors. From her experiences with the Brazilian poor-women's movement she develops a gritty urban ecofeminism and indeed articulates a whole worldview. She shows how the connections between Western thought, patriarchal Christianity, and environmental destruction necessitate personal conversion to "a new relationship with the earth and with the entire cosmos." Alongside her stern critique of our consumer mentality, Gebara cultivates a rich garden of insights into our relatedness, God's sacred presence in the universe, and our daily experience of the deepest longings of the human heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800631833
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 706,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue V
Introduction 1
1. Knowing our Knowing: the Issue of Epistemology 19
Epistemology in Search of Meaning 19
Knowledge and Ethics 23
The Hierarchical, Anthropocentric, and Androcentric Bias of Patriarchal Epistemology 25
Patriarchal Epistemology in Theology 30
Ecofeminist Epistemology 48
2. The Human Person From an Ecofeminist Perspective 67
Beginning to Talk about the Human Person 69
Questioning the Autonomy of the Human Person 71
The Patriarchal Perspective: Its Value and Limitations 76
"Person" in an Ecofeminist Perspective: A Tentative Construction 82
3. God: An Ecofeminist Approach to the Greatest of Mysteries 101
Relatedness as a Language and an Experience of the Divine 102
Issues Raised about Ecofeminist Discourse on God 110
God: Models and Mystery 132
God: My Hope 133
4. Ecofeminism and the Trinity 137
Feelings and Associations Related to the Trinity 137
What Human Experience Is Described by Trinitarian Language? 139
Religious Language and Its Crystallization in Institutions 151
Reconstructing Trinitarian Meanings and Celebrating Life 155
5. Jesus From an Ecofeminist Perspective 173
The Road I Have Walked with Jesus 175
Ecofeminist Challenges to Our Relationship with Jesus of Nazareth 182
6. That all May Have Life: the Way to a New Understanding of Religion 193
The Issue That Concerns Us 193
The Destruction of Green Things, of Diversity, and of Our Symbols 197
Religion and Community Life 199
A Religion That Isn't in Crisis 202
Religious Biodiversity: A Path in Need of Rediscovery 205
Epilogue: As the Deer Longs for Running Waters 213
Notes 217
Bibliography 223
Index 227
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