ABSTRACT

This chapter responds to feminist critiques surrounding the process of eschatology, and embarks upon developing their constructions of divine power as power-in-relation. Rather than locating these considerations primarily in the present, though, my rethinking of divine–creation relations will be used to reconfigure the eschatological process. Cummings Neville claims that “the deepest question of eschatology is to address the relation of human life to God in light of the difference between time and eternity” (2005, p.41). If his assertion is correct, then negotiating the ways in which God relates to creation should surely be integral to eschatology. 2 I will, then, use aspects of feminist theological models of the specific nature of “the relation of human life to God” to remodel the specific nature of the eschatological process. In short, this chapter will argue that divine relational presence is to be understood as embodied perception of and response to creation. I will claim that these are directed by God’s love for and loyalty to creation, such that God helps creation to experience relational presence in full, which is understood both in terms of intimacy and universality. I will develop the notion that the divine embrace caresses creation into the full experience of relationality whilst also holding open space for creation to genuinely affect this process. Such a remodelling of the eschatological process will be seen to effect the full actualisation of relational freedom.