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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.32 n.1 Pretoria  2011 



From primordial curse to eschatological restoration: Ecological challenges from Genesis 3:14-20 and Romans 8:18-25



George O. Folarin

Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria





This work employs a comparative study of the theologies of Genesis 3:14-20 and Romans 8:18-25 as it relates to the problem of ecological imbalance. It attempts to re-interpret from a Christian theological point of view the primary and the secondary causes of decay from Genesis and the implications of those for the ecosystem,identifies Paul's eschatological theology of restoration, and then re-reads the import of his eschatological hope in Romans for the restoration of the creation. By interacting the curse theology of Genesis 3 with the restorative theology of Romans 8, the work shows the drift of the 'very good' world from its initial, harmonious state to its present state of chaos and the challenge to redress the contemporary ecological imbalance.



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George Folarin
Department of Religious Studies
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile Ife, 220282
Osun State

Received: 15 Jan. 2011
Accepted: 04 July 2011
Published: 28 Sept. 2011

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