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date: 14 October 2019

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The beginning of the 21st century saw the emergence of an ecological crisis that threatens the existence of the planet and everything found in it, including humans. To avert this disaster, a culture of living from the earth and even against the earth must be replaced with a culture of living on the earth and within the given systems of the earth. Two potential solutions for reshaping culture are religion and art, at the center of which lies the Psalms. In particular, the Psalms can play a crucial role in the ecological transformation of culture. This article examines aspects of the Psalms that can be useful, and even essential, to cultural transformation in the 21st century. It discusses these factors in relation to cosmology, creation, and justice. It also considers three psalms that deal specifically with creation: Psalm 8, Psalm 148, and Psalm 104.

Keywords: ecological crisis, culture, Psalms, cultural transformation, cosmology, creation, justice, Psalm 8, Psalm 148, Psalm 104

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