This work argues that religion - blamed for contributing to the ecological crisis - provides an ethical context that will help solve the problem. The approach suggests that the environmentally positive aspects in various Western creation stories demonstrate religion's conservation potential.
An Ecumenical Approach to the Environmental Crisis
Author: Max Oelschlaeger
Publisher: Yale University Press
Why should New Age trends and philosophies shape the ecological agenda? Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson believe that it's time Christian families took a biblical position on environmental issues. In this wonderfully creative and practical book, they offer more than a hundred simple things you and your family can do to make God's earth a better place in which to live. But more than this, they show you how to celebrate God's creation through the seasons of the year. If you have wanted to get involved in environmentalism but felt overwhelmed or confused by the philosophies shaping the ecological movement, here is a book to help you sort through the confusion. It offers biblically-based answers and practical ideas that will not only help the environment but will enrich your life. In Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard, you will discover a host of smart and simple things to do at home with your children, neighbours, and community. Learn how to: Shop for a better world ?Make creative and ecological meals that everyone enjoys ?Save money and energy through recycling and re-using ?Support businesses that care for creation?and much more! Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson have worked in both city and countryside putting principles of caring for creation to work. They live on Hunterston Farm, Galiano Island, British Columbia. Loren is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy at Regent College. He is editor of Earthkeeping: Christian Stewardship of Creation. Mary Ruth teaches as a sessional lecturer at Regent College.
Author: Loren Wilkinson,Mary Ruth Wilkinson
Publisher: Regent College Publishing
Human Activity and the Environment
Author: Marjorie Keenan
Category: Environmental protection
What does the Bible have to say about creation care and the responsibility of Christians? Edward Brown offers a biblical framework for creation care as well as practical steps that ordinary Christians can take to exercise good ecological stewardship.
Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation
Author: Edward R. Brown
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Activist Ben Lowe calls the present generation to come together and care for the earth in a way that recent generations have not. Telling real-life stories of community organizing on college campuses across the nation, Lowe shows us that little things can make a big difference when we all work together.
Coming Together to Care for Creation
Author: Ben Lowe,Shane Claiborne
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Faith-Based Solutions to Caring for the Earth Climate change is a confusing and polarizing issue. It may also prove to be the most daunting challenge of this century because children, the elderly, and the poor will be the first to feel its effects. The issue is all over the news, but what is seldom heard is a conservative, evangelical perspective. Connecting the dots between science and faith, this book explores the climate debate and how Christians can take the lead in caring for God's creation. The authors answer top questions such as "What's really happening?" and "Who can we trust?" and discuss stewarding the earth in light of evangelical values. "Acting on climate change is not about political agendas," they say. "It's about our kids. It's about being a disciple of Jesus Christ." Capping off this empowering book are practical, simple ideas for improving our environment and helping our families and those around us.
The Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment
Author: Paul Douglas,Mitch Hescox
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Ideals and reality collide when six college friends band together to start an ice cream store, promising "Better Food for a Better World," but finding a worse world than they had expected.
Author: Dick Tripp
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Is there a Christ-centered response to such environmental crises as global warming, land degradation, and species extinction? In Caring for Creation, Calvin DeWitt presents a biblical approach to being a good steward of the earth.
Responsible Stewardship of God's Handiwork
Author: Calvin B. DeWitt,Richard A. Baer,Thomas Sieger Derr,Vernon J. Ehlers,James W. Skillen,Luis E. Lugo
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Serving God, Saving the Planet is a study that will broaden the conversation with a focus on the dangers of materialism, workaholism, and spiritual bankruptcy—as well as God’s endless invitations for us to enjoy what he has created. This twelve-session study provides simple, everyday ways to focus on stewardship and sustainability according to Scripture. In the first six sessions, Dr. Matthew Sleeth explores his personal salvation experience and desire to follow Jesus in the context of the love story God tells in Genesis. Dr. Sleeth guides readers through each of the created elements, reminding them of the God-given commission to “tend and protect the planet.” In the final six sessions, Dr. Sleeth examines how God's original command to “tend and protect the planet” extends into the actions and activities of every Christian’s everyday lives. Designed for use with the video.
A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul
Author: J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D.
Drawn from his writings, speeches, and homilies, this collection by Pope Francis lays out the comprehensive vision behind his historic encyclical Laudato Si' and shows how concern for the earth calls for a profound conversion of values that involves a new understanding of our relation to God's Creation.
A Call for Ecological Conversion
Author: Pope Francis
Publisher: Orbis Books
Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation! Pope Francis, 2013 Pope Francis often speaks of the grandeur and infinite beauty of creation, urging us to care for each other and for our common home. As a world leader with a background in science who heads a two-thousand-year-old Church, he is uniquely qualified to articulate a compelling environmental vision and mission. In Caring for Creation, you ll discover the most inspiring, urgent and ultimately, hopeful quotes from Pope Francis about our shared responsibility to protect, nurture and care for creation."
Inspiring Words from Pope Francis
Author: Pope Francis
In merely two decades, a small number of resource-poor religious organizations have created a new ethic, and a new set of green religious traditions, with an infrastructure in place to educate and mobilize individuals and organizations. To Care for Creation explains how religious environmentalism has emerged despite various institutional and cultural barriers, and why the new movement organizations follow a logic and set of practices that set them apart from the secular movement. In addition to the new ethic and green religious traditions, Ellingson shows how the movement launches programs to make religious building environmentally, friendly, fight toxic waste and mountain-top removal, protect watersheds, and promote sustainable agriculture. His book research involved him in six dozen interviews with key players in the 70 or so extant religious environmental movement organizations, which are set against secular environmental organizations; the difference is between a message of hope for the religious movement vs. one of doom and gloom for the secular movement. The religious movement is sorely understudied, and it addresses a crucial issue of the dayclimate change."
The Emergence of the Religious Environmental Movement
Author: Stephen Ellingson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
This substantially revised and updated edition provides the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care.
A Christian Vision for Creation Care
Author: Steven Bouma-Prediger
Publisher: Baker Academic
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals a God whose creative power and loving care embrace all that exists, from earth and sky and sea to every creeping, crawling, swimming, and flying creature. Yet the significance of the Bible’s extensive teaching about the natural world is easily overlooked by Christians accustomed to focusing only on what the Bible says about God’s interaction with human beings. In Creation Care, part of the Biblical Theology for Life series, father and son team Douglas and Jonathan Moo invite readers to open their Bibles afresh to explore the place of the natural world within God’s purposes and to celebrate God’s love as displayed in creation and new creation. Following the contours of the biblical storyline, they uncover answers to questions such as: What is the purpose of the non-human creation? Can a world with things like predators, parasites, and natural disasters still be the ‘good’ world described in Genesis 1? What difference does the narrative of the ‘Fall’ make for humankind’s responsibility to rule over other creatures? Does Israel’s experience on the land have anything to teach Christians about their relationship with the earth? What difference does Jesus make for our understanding of the natural world? How does our call to care for creation fit within the hope for a new heaven and a new earth? What is unique about Christian creation care compared with other approaches to ‘environmental’ issues? How does creation care fit within the charge to proclaim the gospel and care for the poor? In addition to providing a comprehensive biblical theology of creation care, they probe behind the headlines and politicized rhetoric about an ‘environmental crisis’ and climate change to provide a careful and judicious analysis of the most up-to-date scientific data about the state of our world. They conclude by setting forth a bold framework and practical suggestions for an effective and faithful Christian response to the scriptural teaching about the created world. But rather than merely offering a response to environmental concerns, Creation Care invites readers into a joyful vision of the world as God’s creation in which they can rediscover who they truly are as creatures called to love and serve the Creator and to delight in all he has made.
A Biblical Theology of the Natural World
Author: Douglas J. Moo,Jonathan A. Moo
Reflecting a variety of faith traditions, a collection of essays, sermons, and other writings celebrate nature's bounty and address the moral and spiritual imperative of Earth stewardship, in works by Pope Benedict XVI, Patriarch Bartholomew I, Seyyed Hossein, Zoe Klein, Linda Hogan, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Terry Tempest Williams, and others.
A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation
Author: Lyndsay Moseley,Carl Pope
Publisher: Sierra Club/Counterpoint
From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles. What on earth is THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS? It's an inspiring call to action for people of faith . . . a heartfelt plea to heed the Bible's guidance . . . . It's an important and thought-provoking explanation of how by simply appreciating the marvelous pigness of pigs, we are celebrating the Glory of God. As a man of deep faith and student of the Bible, and as a respected and successful ecological family farmer, Joel Salatin knows that God created heaven and earth and meant for all living organisms to be true to their nature and their endowed holy purpose. He intended for us to respect and care for His gift of creation, not to ravage and mistreat it for our own pleasure or wealth. The example that inspires the book's title explains what Salatin means: when huge corporate farms confine pigs in cramped and dark pens, inject them with antibiotics and feed them herbicide-saturated food simply to increase profits, they are not respecting them as a creation of God or allowing them to express even their most rudimentary uniqueness - that special role that is part of His design. Every living organism has a God-given uniqueness to its life that must be honored and respected, and too often that is not happening today. Salatin shows us the long overlooked ethics and instructions in the Bible for how to eat, how to shop, how to think about how we farm and feed the world. Through scripture and Biblical stories, he shows us why it's more vital than ever to look to the good book rather than corporate America when feeding the country and your family. Salatin makes a compelling case for Christian stewardship of the earth and how it relates to every action we take regarding our food. He also opens our eyes to a common misconception many Christians may have about environmentalism: it's not a bad thing, and definitely not just the province of secular liberals; it's really a very good thing, part of heeding God's Word. With warmth and with humor, but with no less piercing criticism of the industrial food complex, Salatin brings readers on a fascinating journey of farming, food and faith. Readers will not say grace over their plates the same way ever again.
Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation
Author: Joel Salatin
Publisher: Hachette UK
Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.
Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes
Author: Franziskus (Papst),
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
Care for Creation takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections focus on: the relationship between the earth as Gods creation and Jesus as the Incarnation of God; the implication of Francis Canticle of Creation for our time; the role of contemplative prayer as a key to discovering Francis awe and respect for creation; and conversion in the Franciscan tradition.
A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth
Author: Ilia Delio,Keith Douglass Warner,Pamela Wood,Denis Edwards
Publisher: Franciscan Media