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Title: Being in the Heart of the Matter
Subtitle: Reflections on the Cosmic Christ for a New Theology of Nature
Author(s): ŠKOF, Lenart
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 30 Date: 2020
This paper is about a new theology of nature and environmental theology based on Ludwig Feuerbach’s major works on religion, the cosmocentric theology of Teilhard de Chardin, and recent deep incarnation theologies, arguing for a newly conceptualized environmental theology that is able to think deeper into both Christ’s presence in the world as well as into the ability of theology itself to attune to the most profound elemental-material layers of this world. In its first part, Feuerbach’s elemental philosophy of religion leads toward the possibility of developing an entirely new view on the theology of nature. By further aligning deep incarnation with deep history in the second part of this paper, theological thoughts are set in dialogue with both Christian evolutionary thought as well as recent findings of the evolution of our homo sapiens species. Finally, cosmic Christ reveals as being incarnate in the heart of the matter, with the sacredness of every living being testifying to a newly revealed environmental theology of flesh.