Fittingness – a cultural challenge

Wulf, M. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Description

Our worldview has changed: the world has to fit in my vision. Consumption requires that here and now everything must be available – perfect for me and with low costs. Civilization knows technics to realize this dream, culture on the other hand respects the grown reality and develops a historical and a social perspective. This is how meaningfulness grows. In this perspective the dignity of nature becomes visible. Culture and nature interfere and are co-dependent: (1) Nature is the unfree; the free person is responsible for it. (2) The person can even contribute to the accomplishment of this creation. (3) A theological view on ecology shows that we collaborate in redeeming the creation, already redeemed by Christ. The free answer towards God is given by the free one – in the name of the unfree being.
The creator builds the world in the presence of “wisdom”, playing with phantasy. The human being is called to understanding, respecting, developing and perfecting creation by contributing meaning, transferring it into art and bringing it to worship. This is how human beings can give birth to creation, an ongoing creation which fits in God’s ideas of what a redeemed creation may be.
Period2 Oct 20203 Oct 2020
Event titleTowards an Environmental Ethic of ‘Fittingness’
Event typeConference
LocationLeuven, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • fittingness
  • culture
  • Religion
  • Creation
  • civilization