Communion and Creation

Relational Theological Anthropology and the Flourishing of Creation


  • D. T. Everhart Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology, University of St. Andrews



Relational Theological Anthropology, Imago Dei, Doctrine of Creation, James Cone, Ecotheology, Black Theology


In this paper, I argue for an extension of relational accounts of the imago Dei which includes a kind of priestly relation to the created order. In this relation, humanity is intended to ensure the independent flourishing of creation in a way reflective of the kind of communion we ought to have with one another. Through an analysis of the brokenness of these relationships, I argue human oppression of other humans and ravaging of creation are born of the same brokenness in such a way that they contribute to one another as distortions of human teleological communion. By drawing on Social Identity Approach in group psychology, I can offer an account of shared human identity out of which humanity acts in distorted ways as a group. By describing oppression and ravaging in terms of broken communal telos and group action, I offer a way forward for relating humanity to the created order in a way that neither instrumentalizes creation, nor flattens the distinctiveness of human creation in the image of God.




How to Cite

Everhart, D. T. (2023). Communion and Creation: Relational Theological Anthropology and the Flourishing of Creation. TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 7(1), 121–147.