Earthkeeping In The Nineties / Edition 1

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Ever since its original publication over a decade ago, Earthkeeping has presented a thought-provoking, biblically based call for responsible stewardship. In view of the continuing environmental crisis worldwide and in light of increased ecological awareness in recent years, the book's message regarding "earthkeeping" is now more pertinent than ever.

This greatly revised and augmented edition of Earthkeeping updates the original edition while retaining the same breadth of perspective, reflecting the combined insights of Christian scholars in biology, physics, economics, literature, and philosophy. The book begins by laying out, with scientific precision, the state of the planet. Several chapters then carefully examine various historical and contemporary views of creations. Next the authors survey biblical and theological teaching relative to humanity's use of creation. The book concludes by offering helpful, practical guidelines for an earthkeeping ethic.

Besides providing an updated "state of the planet" analysis, this revised edition of Earthkeeping deals with recent cultural and religious developments, incorporating new material, for example, on the "Deep Ecology" and "new age" movements, the Gaia hypothesis, and ecofeminism. This edition also takes into account the recent wealth of Christian thinking about the earth, including the recovery of important but neglected voices from the Christian tradition, such as Hildegard of Bingen and Celtic spirituality.

At the end of the book, an expanded and updated annotated bibliography, organized according to subject area, and new indexes (of names and subjects and of Scripture references) enhance the value of Earthkeeping as a significant resource fostering better human stewardship of God's creation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802805348
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/19/1991
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 0.91 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Preface to the First Edition xii
Introduction Humanity and the Earth: Two Futures 1
Section I The State of the Planet
1 The Land Entrusted to Us 19
2 The Creatures under Our Care 36
3 The Human Deluge 51
4 The Earth and Its Fullness: Minerals and Energy 68
Section II The Earth Keepers
Part A Historical Roots
5 The Contribution of the Greeks 113
6 The Medieval View of Nature 127
7 The Scientific Revolution 145
8 The North American Experience 162
9 The Environmental Movement: Searching for a New Religion 181
Part B Our Mind Today
10 Models: What's Behind Our Mind Today? 203
11 Economics: Managing Our Household 216
12 Valuing Creation 237
13 The Appropriateness of Technology 255
Section III The Earth is the Lord's
14 Dominion as Stewardship: Biblical Principles of Earthkeeping 275
15 Stewardship 307
16 Inheriting the Land: Resources and Justice 326
Section IV What Shall We Do?
17 Guideposts 341
A Steward's Hymn 360
A What You Can Do 361
B For Further Reading 372
C Case Study: Recycled Paper 380
Names and Subjects 383
Scripture References 390
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