Creation Care Discipleship: Why Earthkeeping Is an Essential Christian Practice

Creation Care Discipleship: Why Earthkeeping Is an Essential Christian Practice

by Steven Bouma-Prediger
Creation Care Discipleship: Why Earthkeeping Is an Essential Christian Practice

Creation Care Discipleship: Why Earthkeeping Is an Essential Christian Practice

by Steven Bouma-Prediger

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Overview

Although our planet faces numerous ecological crises, including climate change, many Christians continue to view their faith as primarily a "spiritual" matter that has little relationship to the world in which we live. But Steven Bouma-Prediger contends that protecting and restoring our planet is part and parcel of what it means to be a Christian.

Making his case from Scripture, theology, and ethics and including insights from the global church, Bouma-Prediger explains why Christians must acknowledge their identity as earthkeepers and therefore embrace their calling to serve and protect their home planet and fellow creatures. To help readers put an "earthkeeping faith" into practice, he also suggests numerous practical steps that concerned believers can take to care for the planet.

Bouma-Prediger unfolds a biblical vision of earthkeeping and challenges Christians to view care for the earth as an integral part of Christian discipleship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540966322
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2023
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 654,529
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steven Bouma-Prediger (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He also oversees the environmental studies minor and cochairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee. In addition, Bouma-Prediger has taught theology and ethics at Western Theological Seminary and is a board member of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. He is author or coauthor of 6 books, including Earthkeeping and Character: Exploring a Christian Ecological Virtue Ethic and For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care.

Table of Contents

1. Overture: Why Read This Book
Biblical Meditation: Water, Water Everywhere
2. Beginning and Ending with Rivers and Trees: The Biblical Vision of Earthkeeping
Biblical Meditation: God Remembers and the Earth Re-membered
3. Humble Humans in a Holy World: Learning from Theology and Ethics
Biblical Meditation: Lightning and Wind, Hawk and Vulture, Behemoth and Leviathan
4. Ecumenical Insights: Wisdom from the Global Church
Biblical Meditation: I Am the Good Shepherd
5. Christian Faith in Action: Living What We Believe
Biblical Meditation: Peace Be with You
6. Yearning for Shalom: Becoming Aching Visionaries
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