Decolonizing and Reassembling the Voice of John’s Gospel in a time of Ecological Crisis


Lydia Chemei, Julius Kithinji


The effects of ecological problems faced by earth’s habitants have recently been described as
“… an ecological Armageddon” (Dave Goulson, 2017). The impacts of climate change are already being felt. In particular, the harmful effects of climate change have resulted in an unprecedented ecological crisis in recent times that have not only affected countries across the globe but also threatened the existence of planet earth. Climate change is as a result of human misuse of the natural world and many schools of thought are arguing for ecological and climate change adaptation (Mark Pelling, 2011). This paper argues that it is not too late to reverse the effects of human activity on the ecology. In aligning itself with multi-sectoral approaches being sought for an eco-friendly existence, this paper puts John’s Gospel to accountability and the Bible by extension for the way in which it has colonised the ecosystem. Furthermore, it adds a biblical voice into the whole debate by retrieving the voice of the Johannine Jesus in the backdrop of an ecological crisis. Johannine Jesus is presented as the saviour of the “whole world” (John 4:42) and this world can be saved. Towards this end, the paper employs a postcolonial biblical criticism to reveal the usefulness of John’s gospel in eco-friendly discourse which offers biblical conceptualisations for mitigating effects of climate change. The findings of this paper with express certainty function to assist in capacity building among stakeholders by presenting the Johannine Jesus’ model for a balanced ecosystem.
Key Words: Bible, Biblical, Climate change, Ecology, Environment, Jesus, John’s Gospel Postcolonial,


How to Cite
Kithinji, L. C. J. (2022). Decolonizing and Reassembling the Voice of John’s Gospel in a time of Ecological Crisis. African Multidisciplinary Journal of Research, 3(1). Retrieved from