It is true - and troubling - that we humans are able to control and manipulate nature in many ways, and this ability seems to be growing exponentially. In this book Allen Verhey addresses this reality and seeks to show the importance of bringing a Christian voice into the debate.
Verhey identifies the various narratives under which people view the term "nature" and then questions these narratives or "myths" at work in our culture. He presents the biblical narrative as an alternative story capable of providing a different understanding of nature and altering it. Finally Verhey shows the relevance of the Christian story to many forms of discourse in our society, including contemporary ecological wisdom and analytical and political discourse.
Nature and Altering It is Verhey's effort to nurture minds formed and informed by the Christian story that are capable of challenging the minds that shape our culture's attitudes toward nature and our use of it.
"Like everything Allen Verhey has written, this book is chock-full of insight and wisdom, offering a clear and nuanced presentation of how Christians should properly understand 'nature.' The book doubles as an excellent argument for why Christians ought to be responsible earthkeepers altering the world with God's good future of shalom as the goal. May it find many readers."
-Duke Divinity School
"This latest book by Allen Verhey is clear, compelling, well-informed, concise, and wise. In it Verhey turns his wide reading and patient analysis to the question of the Christian's responsibility for God's gift of creation. Nature and Altering It presents a vision that is both faithful to the Christian story and necessary for our time. I highly recommend it."
"Raises a wide-ranging challenge to much of the 'conventional wisdom' invoked in efforts to refashion nature, including human nature, according to our own preferences rather than God's purposes. Verhey's critique of the various myths that animate such efforts is especially persuasive. Although the book is modest in size, it is enormously wise. This is vintage Verhey!"
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