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Number of Pages: 144
If, as some scholars attest, Christianity has been complicit in the destruction of the environment, then Christianity can and must also have a role in changing human behavior in a way that helps to solve this massive problem. In Creation is Groaning, a set of highly regarded theologians and Scripture scholars offer a theology and spirituality of creation based on principles of eco-justice and environmental responsibility.
Contributors to this volume are Denis Edwards, Antoinette Collins, Dermot Nestor, Laurie Woods, Mary Coloe, and Anthony Kelly. Key elements of their project include:
- tracing the development of Israel's view of creation through different historical situations and key writings, with a particular focus on what ethical responsibilities toward creation emerge from its theology
- examining Israel's theology of Sabbath" and its developing understanding of the end time, thus encompassing creation in its origins and its final destiny
- considering the cosmic impact of the Jesus event as Paul and John understood it
Together, the authors establish a firm foundation for a new ethic that promotes the flourishing of all planetary life and a just global community.
Carol J. Dempsey, OP, University of Portland, Oregon
Dianne Bergant, CSA
Professor of Old Testament Studies
Catholic Theological Union
This volume . . . comprising essays by six significant Australian scholars, is a subtle critique and advancement on previous ecotheological projects, specifically on the approaches promoted by . . . the Earth Bible project, headed by Norm Habel, and a project led by David Horrell that is hosted by the University of Exeter. . . . The essays in this volume represent a step beyond the previous projects in ecotheology. The authors do not rely on a common list of carefully articulated guiding principles, as do the Earth Bible project and Horrell's hermeneutics projects. Because of this, the essays in this volume represent a more organic reflection on Scripture.
Andrew J. Spencer, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Book of the Month for The Expository Times