Ecology and structural violence: The South African reception of Lutheran voices from North America

Ernst Conradie


This review essay offers an assessment of two recent monographs by Larry
Rasmussen and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda in the field of ecotheology. It focuses on the category of
moral vision that both authors employ. It shows how the notion of critical moral vision helps to
identify and assess the root causes of economic inequalities and ecological destruction in terms
of structural violence, structural evil and the very nature of sin. It also explains why such
moral vision forms the key but by itself remains insufficient for social transformation. The
influence of such insights in the South African context is illustrated with reference to
teaching and research done at the University of the Western Cape and, more specifically, the
category of transfiguration in Desmond Tutu’s theology.


Ecotheology; Cynthia Moe-Lobeda; Moral vision; Larry Rasmussen; Sin; Structural violence; Transfiguration; Desmond Tutu; University of the Western Cape

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