This book is a thoughtful defence of the importance of retaining a version of dualism in ecofeminist Christian theology. Ecofeminist theologians have often tried to reconstruct theology through a total rejection of dualism. The body-soul dualism and the God-creation dualism are seen by many as the root of many evils committed against women and nature. McCulloch argues that, although some forms of dualism do have such negative consequences, a dualistic theology could avoid them. She further argues that the trend from a God-creation dualism towards pantheism in New Age thinking and ecofeminism is actually inimical to the concerns. McCulloch's study has important implications t only for theology but also for ethics and spirituality. She explores the contemporary critique of Western dualism -- mind/body, God/creation, subject/object, nature/culture -- and maintains that the dual apprehension of divine transcendence and immanence must always be held in balance in theological reflection.
Gillian McCulloch studied theology at the University of Aberdeen. A former nurse, she also has a BA degree in Politics and is currently working on an education research project.