In Life Abundant, Sallie McFague, one of the preeminent theologians of the early twenty-first century, addresses middle-class North American Christians. She sums up the theology developed through some of her previous books: Metaphorical Theology: Models of God in Religious Language (1982), Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age (1987), The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (1993), and Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature (1997). Life Abundant reinterprets many of the classical themes of Christian theology for the contemporary world.
The need for theological reinterpretation arises from the interrelated problems facing the world: poverty, increasing disparity between poor and rich, and ecological devastation. To be relevant, theology must respond to the needs of its particular context, thus it changes for each age. Theology also plays a part in one’s perception of and response to reality by shaping a worldview.
Worldviews are humanly constructed frameworks for seeing and interpreting our context. Although we are largely unconscious of our worldview, it largely determines our attitudes and behaviors by defining the ideals by which we live. According to McFague, the dominant worldview offers an impossible and contradictory interpretation of reality by ignoring (even causing) poverty and ecological devastation. Therefore, an alternative worldview is needed to redefine our ideals and values and address the problems facing us all.
McFague articulates a new theology...
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