Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology
:Today's church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do...
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:Today's church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do Christians address this issue in a faithful way?
This evangelically centered but ecumenically informed introduction to ecological theology (ecotheology) explores the global dimensions of creation care, calling Christians to meet contemporary ecological challenges with courage and hope. The book provides a biblical, theological, ecological, and historical rationale for Earthcare as well as specific practices to engage both individuals and churches. Drawing from a variety of Christian traditions, the book promotes a spirit of hospitality, civility, honesty, and partnership. It includes a foreword by Bill McKibben and an afterword by Matthew Sleeth.
- :<b>contents<br></b><br><b>part I: Why Ecotheology?<br></b>1. Introduction: The Stories Behind The Story<br> Our Stories<br> The Structure Of This Book<br>2. In The Beginning: Listening To The Voice Of Scripture<br> The Problem<br> God's Two Books<br> Biblical Reasons For Creation Care<br>3. The Voice Of Creation: The Grandeur And The Groaning Of The Earth<br> The Grandeur Of Creation<br> The Scientist As Prophet<br> The Groaning Of Creation<br><b>part Ii: Exploring Ecotheology<br></b>4. Voices In The Wilderness: Christianity's History With Creation<br> Early Christianity<br> Eastern Orthodox Christianity<br> Western Christianity<br> The Birth Of Contemporary Christian Ecotheology<br>5. The God Of Burning Bushes: Trinity And Ecology<br> Trinity<br> Christology<br> Pneumatology<br>6. Restoring Eden: Ancient Theology In An Ecological Age<br> Creation<br> Sin<br> Salvation And Redemption<br> Eschatology<br><b>part Iii: Doing Ecotheology<br></b>7. Breaking The Bonds: Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Lightly<br> Developing An Ecotheological Mindset<br> Ethics And Action<br> Ecojustice And Oppression<br>8. Heavenly Minded, Earthly Good: Embodying Down-to-earth Living<br> Staying Rooted<br> Cultivating Awareness<br> Practicing Centering Prayer<br> Keeping The Sabbath<br> Living Simply<br> Resisting Consumerism<br> Eating Justly<br> Conserving Water<br> Reducing Waste<br> Keeping A Garden<br>9. Earthen Vessels: Greening The Church<br> Greening Leadership<br> Greening Land And Space<br> Greening Worship<br> Greening Mission<br><b>part Iv: Last Things<br></b>10. Living As If: Resurrection Hope<br> The Journey To Hope<br> Living In Hope