Eco-theology: In and out of the Wilderness

  • Peet J. Van Dyk University of South Africa
Keywords: Eco-theology, Wilderness, Cosmology, Hermeneutics, Biblical ethics,


It is argued that any attempt by eco-theologians to interpret the biblical concept of the wilderness in a more positive light, would be futile. However, by stripping the biblical wilderness metaphor from its magico-mythical assumptions we can construct new meaning by applying general biblical ethics such as love your neighbour as yourself to the wilderness. Often this will involve reading against the grain of biblical texts dealing with the wilderness, but this should only challenge us to go beyond the text and measure it against the core ethical principles of the Bible. Without caring for the wilderness, we jeopardise the livelihood of future generations and deny them the possibility of enjoying the psychological and aesthetical benefits of the wilderness.

Author Biography

Peet J. Van Dyk, University of South Africa

Biblical and Ancient Studies



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