A Climate of Desire: Reconsidering Sex, Christianity, and How We Respond to Climate Change

A Climate of Desire: Reconsidering Sex, Christianity, and How We Respond to Climate Change

by Eduardo Sasso

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Overview

You're likely wondering how on earth can sex, Christianity, and climate change ever be related? But wonder no longer because that's why this book exists. Written for skeptics and believers alike, A Climate of Desire: Reconsidering Sex, Christianity, and How We Respond to Climate Change is an unconventional blend of the provocative ecological wisdom of the Bible with contemporary insights from sustainability experts and practitioners.
As we enter what many affirm is a new period of global warming, these pages will both challenge and inspire you to follow a forgotten path that's filled with hope for the decades to come.

""This must be the first book that dares to weave together sex, Christianity, and climate change. But Sasso, a 'recovering engineer', shows how closely related they actually are. Provocative, readable, and sustained by robust reflection, it is hard to imagine how this book will not widen and deepen our vision for this world's future.""
―Jeremy Begbie, Distinguished Professor, Duke University

""The moral call for climate action requires all of us to find a way of contributing. Weaving together compelling stories, science, biblical studies, and philosophy, Sasso eloquently lights sparks and connects dots that will help new people find their place in this global movement.""
―Christine Boyle, Founder, Fossil Free Faith

""Wow. I've read a lot of books but none that combined the three things that have driven my life. I'm one of those Quakers who sees the essence of life as bigger than the Bible, a scientist who has been invited to help with resource management and climate change issues in about 30 countries on 5 continents and a University professor who is witnessing more faith in younger generations than those of us who helped create current challenges to life on this planet. This mind-expanding book combines all three, sometimes unnervingly but definitely in a worth-reading way.""
―Fred Bunnell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

""Sasso's book is a biblically inspired and scientifically literate presentation of the gospel of justice, creation care, and New Creation. Its message is the same as Pope Francis' Laudato Si, only in a youthful, more popular, and more apocalyptic Protestant voice. Recommended for both Christians and secularists alike.""
―Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

""I've been searching for a book about climate change that is invitational, knowledgeable, theologically informed, engaging, and convincing. And now I've found one. Read this book and let it do its magic on you. It worked on me!""
―Tim Dickau, Chair of Justice and Mercy Network, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

""Eduardo Sasso has given us his heart in this work. And, it is the heart of folks like him that can change the world we live in. It is my hope that Christians, especially in North America, will take his words to heart and live into the gospel of Jesus which demands our involvement in the healing of Mother Earth.""
―Teresa Diewert, Community Organizer, Streams of Justice

""Although I have only met Eduardo a few times I have always been struck by his concern to integrate the varied callings, gifts and wide experiences that he has been given. His expertise as an engineer, his love of creation, and his theological training all come together to give us this personal and passionate book which I hope will find the readers it deserves, and inspire them equally to embrace a gospel for all creation, and for the whole of life.""
―Peter Harris, President & Co-founder, A Rocha International

""Eduardo Sasso is a man of many talents, with a keen mind and passionate commitments. This is a highly original and creative synthesis of three topics not often discussed in the same breadth: sexuality, climate change, and Christianity. Sasso brings together a fascinating amalgam of facts, views and stories to propose a constructive way forward out of our present imp

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532655517
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2018
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

A business sustainability consultant with a focus on spiritual ecology, Eduardo Sasso is a committed contributor to the renewable economy. In 2015, he co-founded Earthkeepers, an emergent citizen group in Vancouver aiming to live within a Judeo-Christian vision of ecology, public love, and climate justice. He holds degrees in engineering, theology, and sustainability from the University of Costa Rica, Regent College, and the University of British Columbia, respectively. Today he works and lives in Montreal, traditional territory of the Iroquois First Nation in the Saint-Laurent River Watershed.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Opening Words 1

1 Sex & the Cities: A Tale of Five Voices 12

2 "Just Gimme the Facts": Ecological Vital Signs in a Snapshot 27

3 Babel, Babylonia, & California: An Ancient Story, Remixed 46

4 Climate Change & the Good News: A Glimpse into the Ecological Vision of the Scriptures 67

5 Giving to Caesar What is Gods?: Exploring Faithful Political Engagements 82

6 When the Climate Changed: Hope for Today 103

7 Becoming Earthkeepers: A Call for All of Us 119

Afterword 137

Annex: An Ongoing Experiment the Beginnings of a Concrete Response 139

Endnotes 149

About the Author 167

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