For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care / Edition 2

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Overview

For the Beauty of the Earth provides the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care. Arguing that authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience, Steven Bouma-Prediger urges Christians to acknowledge their responsibility and privilege as stewards of the earth. The second edition has been substantially revised and updated with the latest scientific and environmental research.

Praise for the first edition

"This book is both straightforward and subversive, a clarion call to extend the witness of our faith to the glory of all creation. You may pick it up casually, but you will put it down committed to doing something about these most urgent of all problems."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"An important book. Steven Bouma-Prediger combines theological depth with ecological savvy to issue a profound call to environmental discipleship. He makes his case in a way that both informs and inspires!"--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Bouma-Prediger has succeeded in directing onto his topic useful information drawn from scientific as well as biblical and theological authorities. Yet he effectively uses lists, charts, and vivid examples to make this learned book thoroughly accessible. . . . An excellent book."--W. Sibley Towner, Interpretation

"In a creative fashion, [Bouma-Prediger] calls attention to the world of nature that surrounds us as well as the dangers inherent in present practices that need the attention of all Christians. . . . [This book] is, without question, scientifically and theologically sound."--H. Newton Malony, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

"Perhaps the most insightful evangelical work published on the topic of environmentalism, Bouma-Prediger's book is both academically substantial yet very readable. . . . This is an important book that Christians who are serious about discipleship should read."--Mark Liederbach, Faith & Mission

"A tour de force. . . . For the Beauty of the Earth covers many bases in an attractive way not only for undergraduates but also church members wondering why faithful discipleship requires ecological obedience."--Robert B. Kruschwitz, Perspectives in Religious Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801036958
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Engaging Culture
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 414,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Bouma-Prediger (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the author of The Greening of Theology: The Ecological Models of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Joseph Sittler, and Jürgen Moltmann. He is the coauthor of Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Non-human Creatures and the Endangered Species Act (with Virginia Vroblesky) and Evocations of Grace: The Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics (with Peter Bakken).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ecology and Theology in Dialogue
1. Where Are We? An Ecological Perception of Place
2. What's Wrong with the World? The Groaning of Creation
3. Is Christianity to Blame? The Ecological Complaint against Christianity
4. What Is the Connection between Scripture and Ecology? Biblical Wisdom and Ecological Vision
5. How Should We Think of the Earth? A Theology and Ethic of Care for the Earth
6. What Kind of People Ought We Be? Earth-Care and Character
7. Why Worry about Galapagos Penguins and the Jack Pine? Arguments for Earth-Care
8. Where Is There Hope? Christian Faith at Home on Earth
Indexes
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