God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting

God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting

by Bracy V. Hill II, John B. White


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881466331
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Sports and Religion
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 505,030
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Bracy V. Hill II is senior lecturer in History at Baylor University where he teaches courses in British and American History, especially the history of hunting. He holds a PhD in Religion (Baylor), an MA in Theology (University of Notre Dame) and a BA in History and Classical Antiquities (Missouri State University). John B. White is the Harold and Dottie Riley Professor in Practical Theology and faculty director of the Sport Chaplaincy/Ministry Program and the Youth Spirituality and Sports Institute (funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc.) at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He holds a PhD in Theological Ethics (University of Edinburgh), an MA in the Philosophy of Religion (Trinity International University), an MD in Systematic Theology (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a BS in Business (Indiana University.)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction-The State of the Field: Surveying the Issues of Sport Hunting Bracy V. Hill II John B. White 1

Section 1 The Descriptive-Hunters of the Past & Present 21

1 Hunters of the Past & Present: Putting Hunting in Its Place & Time Bracy V. Hill II 23

2 From Author to Audience, Source to Target: Tracking Hunting in the Metaphorical Language of the Bible Kenneth Bass 30

3 Naucratius the Hunter and the Cappadocian Fathers Stephen H. Webb 56

4 Hunter, Founder, & Tyrant: Nebulous Nimrod in the Early Modern Age Bracy V. Hill II 68

5 From Field Sports to Blood Sports: Changing Perspectives in Britain on Hunting, c. 1800-2000 Alastair J. Durie 97

6 A Martian Hunting Expedition in C. S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet Michael J. Gilmour 113

7 Viewing Nimrod from the Pew: Hunting, Masculinity, and Christian Discourse Stephanie Medley-Rath Lisa M. Lepard 125

8 Hunting Boots on the Ground: Case Studies of Hunting Ministries Dale Connolly 143

9 A Dying Legacy?: A Century of Hunting in the Stories of Texas Families Bracy V. Hill II 161

10 In Their Own Words: On Hunting, By Hunters 197

Being a Hunter Has Its Benefits Steve Chapman 198

Predation & The Way of All Things B. Jill Carroll 202

Perspectives of a Bipedal Predator Ralph Cianciarulo 204

A Christian Professional Hunter Tammy Koenig 206

Seeing Things More Clearly Michel DeJean Bracy V. Hill II 210

A Father's Influence Walter A. Abercrombie 214

In Dad's Footsteps Daniel Witt 217

Just a Good, Christian Man Dennis Staffelbach 221

In That Ancient Valley Joshua P. Foster 224

Musings of an Occasional Hunter: Food, Friends, Family, and Faith Jeremy S. Stirm 228

A Recipe for a Healthy Life and a Healthy World Jase Robertson Bracy V. Hill II 235

Section 2 The Prescriptive-Academic Musings 241

11 This Present Age: Perspectives from Concerned Citizens in Ivory Towers Bracy V. Hill II 243

12 Killing and the Kingdom: A Case Against Sport Hunting Shawn Graves 253

13 Muscular Christianity and Sport Hunting: Missing the Target? John B. White 284

14 Anti-hunting as Heresy: Andrew Linzey's Animal Gnosticism Nathan Kowalsky 312

15 Dominion Over Animals: Taking the Scriptural Witness and Worldview Seriously Stephen M. Vantassel 333

16 (Not) War By Other Means: Why Hunting is Not War Gregory A. Clark 349

17 Killing What You Love: A Reflection on Fair Chase Hunting Theodore R. Vitali, CP. 366

18 A Damnable Pleasure: Sport Hunting as Tragic Play James A. Tantillo 376

19 Bow Hunting as an Act of Worship: With All Your Might, As unto the Lord, And to the Glory of God W. E. Nunnally 394

20 A Few Parting Shots: An (Open-ended) Conclusion Bracy V. Hill II 410

Contributors 420

Index 427

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