In the network of thinking about the environment. This contribution is based on a talk
delivered at a conference for continuous education for pastors. The argument commences with
reflections on thinking with one's hands, more specifically with engaging in earthkeeping
praxis, with getting one's hands dirty. It is suggested that such thinking leads sooner rather
than later to a widening network of fundamental questions about the human condition, the
meaning of history, the possibility of knowledge and the social construction of reality itself.
A Christian engagement in earthkeeping is therefore not merely a matter of transformative
praxis; it also provides churches with an opportunity for fundamental renewal. If so, this
may be regarded as an example of thinking globally but acting locally. This underlying
logic of inquiry implies that the scope of contemporary ecotheology cannot be restricted
to environmental ethics or creation theology. It is this underlying logic of inquiry that this
contribution seeks to describe.