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Ecological Theology
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[German Version]

The term “ecology” was coined in 1866 by E. Haeckel to denote a new branch of biological research. It now also includes the concept of an ecosystem in the sense of a concept of a co-evolutionary (Evolution) and ultimately cooperative dynamic. The older notion defined environmental relationships as an abstract system in which an exchange of matter and energy takes place and whose functioning depends on external variables. It had the tendency to regard humanity as an external, disruptive factor. Now increasing evidence of ecosystem dynami…

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Primavesi, Anne, “Ecological Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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