Winner of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, 2009

This book argues that the Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing) sets up a support system for a "logic of domination" toward human and earth others. Conceptually inspired by the work of theologian Catherine Keller and feminist philosopher of the environment Val Plumwood, it follows a genealogical method in examining how the concept of creation out of nothing materializes in the world throughout different periods in the history of the Christian West.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction: Points of Departure

chapter 2|12 pages

Ex Nihilo and the Origin of an Empire

chapter 3|22 pages

Ex Nihilo, Erasure, and “Discovery”