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A fresh biblical take on a transcending, divine grace that embraces all of God's creatures

This broad-ranging, groundbreaking book by William Greenway unfolds a biblical spirituality centering on love for all creation and all creatures. Greenway rereads the creation and flood narratives in Genesis from an overtly creature-loving perspective that not only inspires care for creation but also reveals sophisticated understandings of faith, grace, and evil vital for twenty-first-century spirituality.

Comparing the ancient Israelite cosmology of Genesis both with the ancient Babylonian cosmology of the Enuma Elish and with the modern Darwinian cosmology of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan, Greenway shows how the Bible in Genesis extends far beyond those other cosmologies in its discernment of the transcending, gracious love of God. Standing at the intersection of animal rights, "green" biblical studies, and philosophical theology, Greenway's For the Love of All Creatures will interest and inform a wide range of readers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802872913
ISBN-13: 9780802872913

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Publisher's Description

Fresh biblical take on a transcending, divine grace that embraces all of God's creatures

This broad-ranging, groundbreaking book by William Greenway unfolds a biblical spirituality centering on love for all creation and all creatures. Greenway rereads the creation and flood narratives in Genesis from an overtly creature-loving perspective that not only inspires care for creation but also reveals sophisticated understandings of faith, grace, and evil vital for twenty-first-century spirituality.

Comparing the ancient Israelite cosmology of Genesis both with the ancient Babylonian cosmology of the Enuma Elish and with the modern Darwinian cosmology of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan, Greenway shows how the Bible in Genesis extends far beyond those other cosmologies in its discernment of the transcending, gracious love of God. Standing at the intersection of animal rights, "green" biblical studies, and philosophical theology, Greenway's For the Love of All Creatures will interest and inform a wide range of readers.

Author Bio

William Greenway is associate professor of philosophical theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A founding member of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion, he is also the author of A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense.

Endorsements

An intriguing addition to the growing literature about how our tradition relates to the larger world around us. This book is full of insights!
-Bill McKibben,
author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

Reflective, scholarly, imaginative, and insightful. A tour de force in exploring animal theology.
-Andrew Linzey,
author of Animal Theology and Creatures of the Same God

For the Love of All Creatures illuminates the earliest stories of Genesis from the perspective of philosophical theology, contrasting them with two other classic creation accounts - the Enuma Elish from ancient Babylonia and Thomas Hobbes's early modern book Leviathan. Greenway unveils the power of Genesis to convey both the idyllic majesty of the created realm and the depth of evil and suffering that suffuses actual life on earth.
-Patricia K. Tull,
author of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis

Bringing theology, philosophy, and ethics to bear in this book, William Greenway opens up the Genesis stories in profound ways. Be prepared for fresh and compelling insights into how Genesis 1-11 shapes - or should shape - our life and our thinking about the world of which we are an intimate part. Greenway has written what is by far the most interesting and important book on this oft-studied biblical text that I have read in a long time.
-Patrick D. Miller,
Princeton Theological Seminary

William Greenway shows that love for all creatures lies at the very center of our primeval narrative tradition. If this point sinks into the heart of the church, animals in the United States may get a fighting chance to have their dignity respected.
-Charles C. Camosy,
author of For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

The popular view of the seven-days-of-creation story in Genesis is that it offers human beings divine license to instrumentalize and dominate other creatures of lesser value. With prophetic passion and scholarly precision, but without sentimentality or undue idealism, Greenway unravels this tragically flawed interpretation and weaves in its place a grace-drenched vision of creation as primordially, ultimately, and entirely beloved of God. . . . If contemporary heirs to the seven-days narrative could find the spiritual imagination to read their primeval history as Greenway does and the moral courage to live toward this vision, the world would have a great deal more joy and delight and decidedly less needless suffering and death.
-Matthew C. Halteman,
Calvin College and Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

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