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Overview

In 2017 Christians around the world will mark the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. In the midst of many appeals for reformation today, a growing number of theologians, scholars, and activists around the world believe Reformation celebrations in 2017 and beyond need to focus now on the urgent need for an Eco-Reformation. The rise of industrial, fossil fuel-driven capitalism and the explosive growth in human population endanger the fundamental planetary life-support systems on which life as we know it has evolved. The collective impact of human production, consumption, and reproduction is undermining the ecological systems that support human life on Earth. If human beings do not reform their relationship with God's creation, unspeakable suffering will befall many—especially the weakest and most vulnerable among all species.
 
The conviction at the heart of this collection of essays is that a gospel call for ecological justice belongs at the heart of the five hundredth anniversary observance of the Reformation in 2017 and as a—if not the—central dimension of Christian conversion, faith, and practice into the foreseeable future. Like Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, this volume brings together critical biblical, pastoral, theological, historical, and ethical perspectives that constructively advance the vision of a socially and ecologically flourishing Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498225465
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lisa E. Dahill is Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California. From 2005 to 2015 she served on the faculty of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. She is a scholar and translator of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the author of Reading from the Underside of Selfhood: Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Formation (Pickwick, 2007) and many other works on spirituality, worship, eco-theology, and the larger ecological expression of Christian life.

 

James B. Martin-Schramm is Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is an ordained member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and holds a doctorate in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author or coauthor of several publications, including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (2010) and Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach (2015).

Table of Contents

Foreword Bill McKibben ix

Preface Lisa E. Dahill James B. Martin-Schramm xi

List of Contributors xix

Abbreviations xxi

1 A Theology of Creation: Foundations for an Eco-Reformation David M. Rhoads 1

2 Creation-Not for Sale Larry L. Rasmussen 21

3 A Haunting Contradiction, Hope, and Moral-Spiritual Power Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda 37

4 Out of Brokenness, a New Creation: Theology of the Cross and the Tree of Life Wanda Deifelt 55

5 The Two Voices of Nature: Further Encounters with the Integrity of Nature H. Paul Santmire 71

6 Joseph Sittler and the Ecological Role of Cultural Critique: A Resource for Eco-Reformation Robert C. Saler 94

7 Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question James B. Martin-Schramm 110

8 Issues of Interdependence in Matters of Creation: An Old Testament Perspective Terence E. Frethim 125

9 The World Is about to Turn: Preaching Apocalyptic Texts for a Planet in Peril Barbara R. Rossing 140

10 The Stream, the Flood, the Spring: The Liturgical Role of Flowing Waters in Eco-Reformation Beniamin M. Stewart 160

11 Rewilding Christian Spirituality: Outdoor Sacraments and the Life of the World Lisa H. Dahill 177

12 Liberal Arts for Sustainability: Lutheran Higher Education in the Anthropocene Krnest L. Simmons 197

13 Religion, Forestry, and Democracy in Rwanda after Genocide Victor Thaslah 217

14 Living Advent and Lent: A Call to Embody Reformation for the Sake of Human and Planetary Health Aana Marie Vigen 234

15 Grace and Climate Change: The Free Gift in Capitalism and Protestantism Terra S. Rowe 253

16 Ninety-Five Eco-Theses: A Call for Churches to Care for Earth Norman C. Habel 272

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Five hundred years ago, the Reformation shook European society's foundations by challenging a corrupted religious order. In recent decades, Protestant churches have joined those who care for the earth, aiming to shake the foundations of our hyper-capitalist, technocratic world order that violates the integrity of creation on a titanic scale. These essays, from leading voices from within the Protestant eco-reformation, issue the challenge and inspiration we all need to hear." 

—Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith



"In the footsteps of the religious reformer Martin Luther, who called attention to the spiritual urgencies of his day, the authors in this timely volume express a critical and an expansive Lutheran voice for the urgent care of creation and the common good. The essays make a compelling point that honoring and choosing life in its different forms belongs at the center of the re-orientation and paradigm shifts with the Reformation legacy."

—Kirsi Stjerna, Lutheran History and Theology, Chair, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University



"It is refreshing to see the power of argument and of organizing inherent in these words. For people of faith these questions could not be more real or timely."

—Bill McKibben, from the Foreword

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