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ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader$
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Michelle E. Moore and Brian Brems

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474462037

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.001.0001

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“Every Act of Preservation is an Act of Creation”: Paul Schrader’s Eco-theology in First Reformed

“Every Act of Preservation is an Act of Creation”: Paul Schrader’s Eco-theology in First Reformed

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(p.171) Chapter 10 “Every Act of Preservation is an Act of Creation”: Paul Schrader’s Eco-theology in First Reformed
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ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader
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Tatiana Prorokova

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.003.0011

This chapter scrutinizes the complex relationship between climate change and theology, as represented in First Reformed, as well as Paul Schrader’s understanding of humanity’s major problems today. Analyzing the issue of ecological decline through the prism of religion, Schrader outlines the ideology that presumably might help humanity survive at the age of global warming. Through the complex discussions of such issues as despair, anxiety, and hope, Schrader deduces the formula of survival in which preservation is the key component. Equating humans to God, Schrader, on the one hand, censures those actions that led to progress but destroyed the environment, yet, on the other hand, he foregrounds the fact that humans can also save the planet now. Schrader portrays both humans and Earth as living organisms created by God. He draws explicit parallels between the current state of our planet and the problems that we experience – from political ones, including war, to more personal ones like health issues.

Keywords:   Paul Schrader, First Reformed, Theology, Climate Change, Contemporary Social Problems, Morality

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