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With Roots and Wings: Christianity in an Age of Ecology and Dialogue

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In With Roots & Wing, Jay McDaniel brings together insights from the natural sciences, Christian theology, and interreligious dialogue, breaking new ground in the search for a wholistic spirituality for our time. Taking this title from the Jewish proverb—that we must give our children both roots and wings—McDaniel shows how this applies to our spiritual lives as well. With Roots and Wings offers an alternative to the contemporary dilemmas of empty consumerism and rigid fundamentalism, consisting of three ...

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Overview

In With Roots & Wing, Jay McDaniel brings together insights from the natural sciences, Christian theology, and interreligious dialogue, breaking new ground in the search for a wholistic spirituality for our time. Taking this title from the Jewish proverb—that we must give our children both roots and wings—McDaniel shows how this applies to our spiritual lives as well. With Roots and Wings offers an alternative to the contemporary dilemmas of empty consumerism and rigid fundamentalism, consisting of three basic, interrelated approaches to being: to be rooted in the Earth and religious tradition; to be open to the insights of people of other faiths as well as to share our own; and to become centered on God.McDaniel shows where the "new universe story" of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme and the Christian story meet and differ, where they complement, and where they supplement one another. With Roots & Wings shows how to experience both "green grace" that comes from opening one's self to the rhythms of the cosmos, and "red grace" symbolized in the crucifixion of Christ—both of which are vital to a Christian ecological spirituality and praxis. Most impressive is McDaniel's ability to absorb and reflect important lessons Christians can learn from Native Americans, from Buddhists and Hindus, from Muslims and Jews. The complexity of the issues he addresses and his ability to explain them simply and clearly makes With Roots and Wings must-reading for the general reader as well as ecological activists, clergy, and laity alike. Nothing else comes near it in depth, power, and insight.

This insightful, inspiring, and challenging book re-images Earth, religion and humanity's place in the cosmos. In clear and compelling prose, written for spiritual seekers everywhere, McDaniel brings together insights from the natural sciences, Christian theology and interreligious dialogue, breaking new ground in the search for a wholistic spirituality for our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606088425
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay B. McDaniel, one of the world's foremost ecotheologians, is professor of religion at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas. Among his books are Of God and Pelicans; Earth, Sky, Mortals; Good News for Animals?; and Liberating Life.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Healthy Soils and Healing Skies 23
2 Red Grace and Green Grace 42
3 Making Peace in Our Bioregion 59
4 Whose Story Shall We Tell? 75
5 And God So Loved the Planet 93
6 After the Hunters and Gatherers 113
7 Many Paths and Many Truths 131
8 Communion with Trees and Sea Pirates 150
9 Communion with Goddesses and Rivers 171
10 Communion with Spirits and Ancestors 192
Conclusion: "Find a Community and Follow a Practice!" 215
Works Cited 233
Index 239
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