Evocations of Grace
As early as 1954 -- well before such popular books as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring -- the influential Lutheran theologian Joseph Sittler wrote on the need to think about "a theology for earth." Perhaps most famous for his eloquent and...
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As early as 1954 -- well before such popular books as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring -- the influential Lutheran theologian Joseph Sittler wrote on the need to think about "a theology for earth." Perhaps most famous for his eloquent and provocative address "Called to Unity" given at the 1961 World Council of Churches assembly in New Delhi, Sittler prophetically and insistently gave voice to what he called "ecological commitment as theological responsibility." Evocations of Grace introduces a new generation of readers to the thought of Joseph Sittler. Gathering ten of Sittler's seminal works -- works foundational to the field yet inaccessible until now -- this volume conveys Sittler's powerful argument for the vital connection between Christian theology, ethics, and the natural world. In an area where so much writing tends to be drearily repetitious, Sittler -- even forty years later -- remains a fresh voice. His proposal for a "cosmic christology" and his clarion call for the "care of
Joseph Sittler (1904-1987) was professor of biblical theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Evocations of Grace gathers ten major writings by pioneering ecological theologian Joseph Sittler. Foundational to the field yet inaccessible until now, these essays spanning Sittler's career argue powerfully for the vital connection between Christian theology, ethics, and the natural world. Intended for anyone interested in the relationship between Christian faith and the environment, these seminal essays provide the necessary perspective for thinking seriously about the earth and our responsibility to it. Written in the graceful prose for which Sittler was well known, Evocations of Grace includes a bibliography of his major works and two reflections by editors Steven Bouma-Prediger and Peter Bakken that place Sittler in his larger context and assess his significant contribution to environmental ethics.
Joseph Sittler was Professor of Systematic Theology at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. A