Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves and God after Copernicus

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Routledge, Mar 1, 2004 - Religion - 160 pages
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Gaia's Gift, the second of Anne Primavesi's explorations of human relationships with the earth, asks that we complete the ideological revolution set in motion by Copernicus and Darwin concerning human importancene. They challenged the notion of our God-given centrality within the universe and within earth's evolutionary history. Yet as our continuing exploitation of earth's resources and species demonstrates, we remain wedded to the theological assumption that these are there for our sole use and benefit. Now James Lovelock's scientific understanding of the existential reality of Gaia's gift of life again raises the question of our proper place within the universe. It turns us decisively towards an understanding of ourselves as dependent on, rather than in control of, the whole earth community.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The astronomical revolution
10
2 After Copernicus
25
3 Theological challenges to Copernicus
39
4 The incomplete revolution
52
5 Revolution within ourselves
70
6 Heaven on earth
87
7 Life on earth
101
8 Gift exchanges
112
9 Gift exchange today
123
Notes
136
Bibliography
140
Index
145
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Retired. Former Research Fellow in Environmental Theology at Bristol University, but now best know for her pioneering work on Gaia theory and ecological ethics

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