At a time when it seems humans have erred much in their understanding and keeping of the planet, For the Beauty of the Earth explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world in the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care.
"This accessible and engaging, but theologically sophisticated book will rightfully command the attention of parish pastors, church lay leaders, and Christian university students, as well as academic theologians.... Most important, For the Beauty of the Earth will demonstrate why, on sure and certain biblical grounds, ecological theology and environmental ethics can no longer be the province of only a few theological specialists: why, in these times of global ecological crisis, divine hope for a desecrated earth is the good news that the whole church urgently must embody and then fervently proclaim to the whole world."
-H. Paul Santmire, author of The Travail of Nature and Nature Reborn
"Take up and read! Behind this cover is crucial content for restoring our's and our churches' life-giving relationship with our Creator and Jesus Christ who holds all things together in sustaining love. And...it is engaging, refreshing, and beautifully written."
-Calvin B. DeWitt, University of Wisconsin at Madison and director of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
"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
"This is 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, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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