Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans

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What can Christianity as a tradition contribute to the struggle to secure the future well-being of the earth community? This collaborative volume, the third in the series on religions of the world and the environment, announces that an ecological reformation, an eco-justice reorientation of Christian theology and ethics, is prominent on the ecumenical agenda.

The authors explore problematic themes that contribute to ecological neglect or abuse and offer constructive insight into and responsive imperatives for ecologically just and socially responsible living.

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Editorial Reviews

The articles in this set of 28 papers and responses, part of Harvard's series on world religions and ecology, discuss how Christianity might, on the one hand, be an ally to the ecological movement and how, on the other hand, ecological problems are demanding changes in Christian theology, church organization, and ways of conceiving Christian life…The articles and responses, in general, are written by some of the most renowned people in the field and are of superb quality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454205
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series, #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Dieter T. Hessel is Director of the Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is Professor of Theology, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents


Lawrence E. Sullivan

Series Foreword

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Introduction: Current Thought on Christianity and Ecology

Dieter T Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether

1. Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective

Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian Tradition

Elizabeth A. Johnson

Response to Elizabeth A. Johnson

Gordon D. Kaufman

An Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?

Sallie McFague

Response to Sallie McFague

Kwok Pui-Lan

The Wounded Spirit as the Basis for Hope in an Age of Radical Ecology
Mark I. Wallace

Response to Mark I. Wallace: Another View of the Spirit's Work
Eleanor Rae

The World of the Icon and Creation: An Orthodox Perspective on Ecology and Pneumatology

John Chryssavgis

Ecofeminism: The Challenge to Theology

Rosemary Radford Ruether

Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology-Challenges, Confrontations, and Reconstructions

Heather Eaton

2. Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community

Christianity's Role in the Earth Project

Thomas Berry

The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian Traditions

Theodore Hiebert

Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a Tradition

Louke van Wensveen

Response to Louke van Wensveen: A Constructive Proposal
Steven Bouma-Prediger

No More Sea: The Lost Chaos of the Eschaton

Catherine Keller

Response to Catherine Keller

Mary Ann Hinsdale

River of Life in God's New Jerusalem: An Eschatological Vision for Earth's Future

Barbara K Rossing

3. The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality

Seeking Moral Norms in Nature: Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility

James A. Nash

Response to James A. Nash

Cristina L. H. Traina

The Moral Status of Otherkind in Christian Ethics

Daniel Cowdin

Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility to Other Kinds in Biblical Perspective

Calvin B. DeWitt

Words beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos, and the Spirit of Place

Douglas Burton-Christie

A Christian-Chinese Version of Ecotheology: Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness in Creation

Peter K. H. Lee

Response to Peter K. Fl. Lee

Heup Young KimM

Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common Earth

Paul F. Knitter

4. Toward Global Security and Sustainahility

Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Sustainability

Ian G. Barhour

Population, Consumption, Ecology: The Triple Problematic

Daniel C. Maguire

Response to Daniel C. Maguire: The Church Should Call not Just Prophets but Environmental Deacons

Susan Power Bratton

Incentives, Consumption Patterns, and Population Policies: A Christian Ethical Perspective

James B. Martin-Schramm

Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable Community

David G. Hallinan

Ecological Security and Policies of Restraint

William C. French

Response to William C. French

Preston N. Williams

Christianity, Economics, and Ecology

John B. Cobb, Jr.

5. Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice

Global Eco-Justice: The Church's Mission in Urban Society

Larry Rasmussen

Earthkeeping Churches at the African Grass Roots

Marthinus L. Daneel

Response to Marthinus L. Daneel

Martin Robra

Social Transformation through Environmental Justice

Vernice Miller-Travis

Partnership for the Environment among U.S. Christians: Reports from the National Religious Partnership for the Environment

William Sotnplatsky—Jarrnan, Walter E. Grazer, and Stan L. LeQuire

The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for Praxis

Patricia M. Mische
Conclusion: Eco-Justice at the Center of the Church's Mission

Rosemary Radford Ruether

Select Bibliography

Peter W Bakken

Notes on Contributors


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