J. Johnson Leese discusses how the apostle Paul's writing on Christ's
relationship to creation, read alongside the interpretations of Irenaeus of
Lyon, provide a meaningful contribution to contemporary debates on the
interrelationship between religion and nature.
Leese draws upon the integration of three related scholarly trends ? the increased importance placed on biblical creation themes, the emergence of ecotheology, and the history of reception ? while focusing on the Pauline corpus and readings of Paul by Irenaeus, thus uncovering a robust creation
and ecotheological theology. Irenaeus' approach provides the possibility for Paul to contribute to ecotheology, by way of a theological vision where the whole of reality in relationship to Christ and creation and by extension, to soteriology and ecclesiology, are central components of Paul's theology.
Chapter One: Introduction and Background to Study
Chapter Two: Christ of the New Creation
Chapter Three: Christ of The Beginning and End
Chapter Four: Christ as Image of God and Adam
Chapter Five: Irenaeus of Lyons, Theologian of Creation
Chapter Six: Irenaeus and Paul
Chapter Seven: Paul, Irenaeus, and Ecotheology ? Possibilities for Consideration