Finding God In Singing River

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Overview

We live in an age of vast and rapid destruction of habitats and species. Yet Christianity holds great potential for healing this situation. Indeed, the Bible and Christian tradition are a treasure trove of rich images and stories about God as an "earthen" being who sustains the natural world with compassion and thereby models for humankind environmentally healthy ways of being.

Mark Wallace's stimulating book retrieves a central but often neglected biblical theme - the idea of God as carnal Spirit who indwells all things - as the basis for constructing a "green spirituality" responsive to the environmental needs of our time.

In the biblical tradition, he writes, God as Spirit is an ecological presence that shows itself to us daily by living in and through the earth. One message of Christianity, therefore, is celebration of the bodily, material world - ancient redwoods, vernal springs, broad-winged hawks, everyday pigweed - as the place that God indwells and cares for in order to maintain the well-being of our common planetary home.

Alongside his green reading of the Bible and tradition, Wallace employs the resources of deep ecology, Neopagan spirituality, and the environmental justice movement to rethink Christianity as an earth-based, body-loving religion. He also analyzes color images reproduced in the book. Wallace's bold yet careful work reawakens our sense of the sacrality of the earth and the life that the trinitarian God creates there. It also grounds the impulses of New Age spirituality in a profoundly biblical notion of God's being and activity.

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Library Journal
Wallace (religion, Swarthmore Coll.) has written an exceedingly sensitive and thoughtful treatment of the idea of God's presence in nature; his breadth as a writer allows him to draw on the recondite ideas of a French writer like Luce Irigaray, the art of Bernard Buffet and Ren Magritte, and his own experience of Crum Creek near the college where he teaches. For him, "the Spirit suffers like Jesus on the cross [because] the Spirit and the earth are one." A serious, devout, and innovative approach to Christian spirituality that honors the earth and nature. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800637262
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1 God is green 26
2 The mother bird God 40
3 Green spirituality, brownfields, and wilderness recovery 57
4 Green spirituality and the problem of humanism 81
5 Green spirituality and the invitation of postmodernism 97
6 Earth God as the wounded spirit 121
7 The world is alive with spirit 137
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