Ellis, Eleanor May (2010)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
This thesis proposes the potential for thealogical ethics, defining them as based in three key concepts: immanent divinity, interconnection and the web of life, and different constructions of power. These three concepts are explored through an in depth engagement with a seminal publication from four key thealogians, Carol Christ, Melissa Raphael, Paul Reid-Bowen and Starhawk. The concepts are interrogated for their ethical implications including discussion on a thealogical problem of evil, the Goddess’ influence in the world, and the web metaphor as a positive model within thealogical ethics. Additionally, Gaia theory and Chaos theory is adapted to and explored within a thealogical framework. The ethical framework arrived at is then applied to the issue of graduate employment and the notion of a “thealogically friendly” career is delineated. Furthermore, this thesis offers and experiments with the idea of a thealogical methodology as based in critique of the subjective/objective binary, active promotion of the creative and subjective voice, embodied thought and politically aware scholarship.
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