Feminist Ecologies in Religious Interpretation: Australian Influences

  • Anne Elvey


Internationally significant Australian work in ecological philosophy can be traced to at least as early as 1973 with Val and Richard Routley’s (later Val Plumwood and Richard Sylvan) Fight for the Forests. By the 1990s, Australian ecological and ecological feminist philosophy was at the forefront of international work in this area. As the 1990s came to a close, this was joined by the first major international research in ecological hermeneutics in biblical studies, the Earth Bible Project, situated in Adelaide, South Australia, under the chief editorship of Norman Habel. The Project was in conversation with feminists, ecologists, and a number of indigenous peoples from Australia and overseas, as the team developed first their six ecojustice principles and then three further ecological hermeneutics. Building on her early work in feminist biblical interpretation, a contributor to the project, biblical scholar Elaine Wainwright, developed a multidimensional hermeneutic, bringing together feminist, ecological, and postcolonial concerns, most recently around the notion of habitat. This chapter first charts a recent history of feminist interpretation of biblical religion and an evolving, but uneven, relationship between feminist and ecological thinking in biblical studies and then explores Wainwright’s writings as indicative of how the postcolonial contexts in Australia and New Zealand have evolved some complex intersections of religion, race, and ecological thought.


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  • Anne Elvey
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.University of DivinityMelbourneAustralia

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