The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age

The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age

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by Norman Wirzba
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195333500

ISBN-13: 9780195333503

Pub. Date: 10/22/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In this book, Norman Wirzba argues that the doctrine of creation, when understood as a statement about the moral and spiritual meaning of the world, actually holds the key to a true understanding of our place in the environment and our responsibility toward it. Wirzba contends that an adequate response to environmental destruction depends on a new formulation of…  See more details below

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In this book, Norman Wirzba argues that the doctrine of creation, when understood as a statement about the moral and spiritual meaning of the world, actually holds the key to a true understanding of our place in the environment and our responsibility toward it. Wirzba contends that an adequate response to environmental destruction depends on a new formulation of ourselves as part of a created whole, rather than as autonomous, unencumbered individuals. Drawing on the work of biblical scholars, ecologists, agrarians, philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics, Wirzba develops a comprehensive worldview that grows out of the idea that the world is God's creation. While the text of Genesis has historically encouraged a vision of persons as masters of creation, a more theologically and ecologically sensitive rendering, he says, would be to say that we are servants of creation. Our present culture, Wirzba believes, results from a denial of creation that has caused modern problems as diverse as rootlessness, individualism, careerism, boredom, and consumerism. The recovery of the meaning of creation can lead to a renewed sense of human identity and vocation, and happier, more peaceful lives. He concludes by offering practical advice for individuals who wish to begin the work of transformation and renewal.

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ISBN-13:
9780195333503
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
371,096
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Character of Creation: Scriptural Profiles23
2Culture as the Denial of Creation61
3The Difference Ecology Makes93
4Humanity's Place in Creation123
5Becoming a Culture of Creation149
Conclusion191
Notes203
Bibliography225
Index235

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