Ecologies of Grace: Enviromental Ethics and Christian Theology / Edition 1

Ecologies of Grace: Enviromental Ethics and Christian Theology / Edition 1

by Willis J. Jenkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195328515

ISBN-13: 9780195328516

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Christianity struggles to show how living on earth matters for living with God. While people of faith increasingly seek practical ways to respond to the environmental crisis, theology has had difficulty contextualizing the crisis and interpreting the responses.

In Ecologies of Grace, Willis Jenkins presents a field-shaping introduction to Christian environmental

Overview

Christianity struggles to show how living on earth matters for living with God. While people of faith increasingly seek practical ways to respond to the environmental crisis, theology has had difficulty contextualizing the crisis and interpreting the responses.

In Ecologies of Grace, Willis Jenkins presents a field-shaping introduction to Christian environmental ethics that offers resources for renewing theology. Observing how religious environmental practices often draw on concepts of grace, Jenkins maps the way Christian environmental strategies draw from traditions of salvation as they engage the problems of environmental ethics. He then uses this new map to explore afresh the ecological dimensions of Christian theology.

Jenkins first shows how Christian ethics uniquely frames environmental issues, and then how those approaches both challenge and reinhabit theological traditions. He identifies three major strategies for making environmental problems intelligible to Christian moral experience. Each one draws on a distinct pattern of grace as it adapts a secular approach to environmental ethics. The strategies of ecojustice, stewardship, and ecological spirituality make environments matter for Christian experience by drawing on patterns of sanctification, redemption, and deification.

He then confronts the problems of each of these strategies through critical reappraisals of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and Sergei Bulgakov. Each represents a soteriological tradition which Jenkins explores as an ecology of grace, letting environmental questions guide investigation into how nature becomes significant for Christian experience.

By being particularly sensitive to the ways in which environmental problems are made intelligible to Christian moral experience, Jenkins guides his readers toward a fuller understanding of Christianity and ecology. He not only makes sense of the variety of Christian environmental ethics, but by showing how environmental issues come to the heart of Christian experience, prepares fertile ground for theological renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195328516
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Saving Nature, Saving Grace     3
Ethical Strategies
Three Practical Strategies in Environmental Ethics     31
The Strategy of Ecojustice     61
The Strategy of Christian Stewardship     77
The Strategy of Ecological Spirituality     93
Theological Investigations
Sanctifying Biodiversity: Ecojustice in Thomas Aquinas     115
Environmental Virtues: Charity, Nature, and Divine Friendship in Thomas     133
Stewardship after the End of Nature: Karl Barth's Environment of Jesus Christ     153
Nature Redeemed: Barth's Garden of Reconciliation     171
After Maximus: Ecological Spirituality and Cosmic Deification     189
Thinking Like a Transfigured Mountain: Sergei Bulgakov's Wisdom Ecology     207
Conclusion: Renovating Grace     227
Notes     245
Works Cited     315
Index     353

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