Environmentalism and the Bible: What Scripture Says About Creation and Why It Matters
: The church is both deeply conflicted about and deeply invested in the issue of environmentalism. Christians are looking for answers-not ones that come via a particular political party or elitist behavior, but rather biblical-theological responses to a topic that...
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The church is both deeply conflicted about and deeply invested in the issue of environmentalism. Christians are looking for answers-not ones that come via a particular political party or elitist behavior, but rather biblical-theological responses to a topic that continues to show up in their schools, in their neighborhoods, and across their planet. The purpose of this brief, focused, and accessible book is to reach the typical American Christian on the issue of the moral character of creation care.
Each chapter works through an aspect of creation care as it is addressed in the biblical text, fully explaining the topic via the socioeconomic and historical context of a given passage. The final chapter is dedicated to the question of "how to respond"- it offers reasonable responses that the American can implement in America, and it also opens the reader's eyes to environmental missions and its tremendous potential for the good of the gospel and the world.
The beauty of this book is that it transforms material that has seemed hopelessly political and conflicted into a narrative of a topic that is simply biblical. It is a succinct, robustly biblical treatment of environmentalism that serves as a manifesto for a Christian response: "This is why we care."
Chapter topics include:
• Why has the church gotten lost on this topic?
• A history of environmentalism and religion
• Whose land is it anyway? Israel and their landlord
• Domestic creatures and creation care
• Wild creatures and creation care
• Creation care and the widow and the orphan
• The new covenant and stewardship
• Resources for the responsive Christian
• How then should we live?
Sandra L. Richter (Ph.D., Harvard University) is associate professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary. Her publications include The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology(Walter de Gruyter), The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament(InterVarsity Press) and Deuteronomy (The Horizons Commentary on the Old Testament, Eerdmans), and articles in Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible (Eerdmans) and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (InterVarsity Press).
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