οἶκος & λόγος: a gloss

Welcome! This blog reflects on οἶκος and λόγος, the Greek terms “oikos” and “logos,” meaning respectively in English “home/household” and “story/word/harmony/purpose/reason/bond/intermediary/unifying principle.” Together they form the roots for the term ecology, definable as the “story of home,” by offering insight into life itself as meaning. This offers a new pansemiotic spin on Derrida’s notion that there is nothing outside the text, a sense of iconographic cosmic rhetoric applicable to 21st-century discourse on environment, sustainability, and human community. Hence the subtitles: 1. “apophatic ecology”–ecology based in an apophatic sense of focus on process and activity rather than on essentialism–and “ecopoetics,” articulating meaning in Creation, 2. “hesychastic semiosis,” meaning-making through quietude (itself far beyond any abilities of your unworthy blogger), as in the experience of iconographic metonymy of sacred words and images, 3. Country, in both senses of “the country” and “our country,” combined with “ecophilia,” love of home, and 4. “embodied theology,” incarnational Christian theology in ascetic, liturgical, cosmological, anthropological relationship to life on earth.

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