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Title:
Christianity and ecology : seeking the well-being of earth and humans
Author:
Hessel, Dieter T.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xlvii, 720 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Current thought on Christianity and ecology / D.T. Hessel, R.R. Ruether. I. Creator, Christ, and spirit in ecological perspective. Losing and finding creation in the Christian tradition / E.A. Johnson -- Response / G.D. Kaufman -- An ecological Christology : does Christianity have it? / S. McFague -- Response / K. Pui-lan -- The wounded spirit as the basis for hope in an age of radical ecology / M.I. Wallace -- Response : another view of the spirit's work / E. Rae -- The world of the icon and creation : an Orthodox perspective on ecology and pneumatology / J. Chryssavgis -- Ecofeminism : the challenge to theology / R.R. Ruether -- Response : ecofeminism and theology-- challenges, confrontations, and reconstructions / H. Eaton --

II. Vision, vocation, and virtues for earth community. Christianity's role in the Earth Project / T. Berry -- The human vocation : origins and transformations in Christian traditions / T. Hiebert -- Christian ecological virtue ethics : transforming a tradition / L. van Wensveen -- Response : a constructive proposal / S. Bouma-Prediger -- No more sea : the lost chaos of the eschaton / C. Keller -- Response / M.A. Hinsdale -- River of life in God's new Jerusalem : an eschatological vision for earth's future / B.R. Rossing -- III. The universal and particular in ethics and spirituality. Seeking moral norms in nature : natural law and ecological responsibility / J.A. Nash -- Response / C.L.H. Traina -- The moral status of otherkind in Christian ethics / D. Cowdin -- Behemoth and Batrachians in the eye of God : responsibility to other kinds in biblical perspective / C.B. DeWitt -- Words beneath the water : logos, cosmos, and the spirit of place / D. Burton-Christie -- A Christian-Chinese version of ecotheology : goodness, beauty, and holiness in creation / P.K.H. Lee -- Response / H.Y. Kim -- Deep ecumenicity versus incommensurability : finding common ground on a common earth / P.F. Knitter --

IV. Toward global security and sustainability. Scientific and religious perspectives on sustainablity / I.G. Barbour -- Population, consumption, ecology : the triple problematic / D.C. Maguire -- Response : the church should call not just prophets but environmental deacons / S.P. Bratton -- Incentives, consumption patterns, and population policies : a Christian ethical perspective / J.B. Martin-Schramm -- Climate change : ethics, justice, and sustainable community / D.G. Hallman -- Ecological security and policies of restraint / W.C. French -- Response / P. N. Williams -- Christianity, economics, and ecology / J.B. Cobb, Jr. -- V. Christian praxis for ecology and justice. Global eco-justice : the church's mission in urban society / L. Rasmussen -- Earthkeeping churches at the African grass roots / M.L. Daneel -- Response / M. Robra --

Social transformation through environmental justice / V. Miller-Travis -- Partnership for the environment among U.S. Christians : reports from the National Religious Partnership for the Environment / W. Somplatsky-Jarman, W.E. Grazer, S.L. LeQuire -- The integrity of creation : challenges and opportunities for praxis / P.M. Mische -- Eco-justice at the center of the church's mission / R.R. Reuther.
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9780945454199

9780945454205
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Summary

What can Christianity as a tradition contribute to the struggle to secure the future well-being of the earth community? This collaborative volume, the third in the series on religions of the world and the environment, announces that an ecological reformation, an eco-justice reorientation of Christian theology and ethics, is prominent of the ecumenical agenda. The authors explore problematic themes that contribute to ecological neglect or abuse and offer constructive insight into, and responsive imperatives for, ecologically just and socially responsible living.


Summary

What can Christianity as a tradition contribute to the struggle to secure the future well-being of the earth community? This collaborative volume, the third in the series on religions of the world and the environment, announces that an ecological reformation, an eco-justice reorientation of Christian theology and ethics, is prominent of the ecumenical agenda. The authors explore problematic themes that contribute to ecological neglect or abuse and offer constructive insight into, and responsive imperatives for, ecologically just and socially responsible living.


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Choice Review

The articles in this set of 28 papers and responses, part of Harvard's series on world religions and ecology, discuss how Christianity might, on the one hand, be an ally to the ecological movement and how, on the other hand, ecological problems are demanding changes in Christian theology, church organization, and ways of conceiving Christian life. The papers tend to support a Christianity that seeks solidarity with other peoples and creatures, ways of living that support ecological sustainability--including limits on consumption by the wealthy, a profound respect for all creation, and an understanding of how ecological degradation, Third World exploitation, and gender domination are interconnected. The papers are grouped in five sections: "Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective," "Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community," "The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality," "Toward Global Security and Sustainability," and "Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice." The articles and responses, in general, are written by some of the most renowned people in the field and are of superb quality. A necessary resource for all libraries. All levels. ; Colorado College


Choice Review

The articles in this set of 28 papers and responses, part of Harvard's series on world religions and ecology, discuss how Christianity might, on the one hand, be an ally to the ecological movement and how, on the other hand, ecological problems are demanding changes in Christian theology, church organization, and ways of conceiving Christian life. The papers tend to support a Christianity that seeks solidarity with other peoples and creatures, ways of living that support ecological sustainability--including limits on consumption by the wealthy, a profound respect for all creation, and an understanding of how ecological degradation, Third World exploitation, and gender domination are interconnected. The papers are grouped in five sections: "Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective," "Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community," "The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality," "Toward Global Security and Sustainability," and "Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice." The articles and responses, in general, are written by some of the most renowned people in the field and are of superb quality. A necessary resource for all libraries. All levels. ; Colorado College


Table of Contents

PrefaceLawrence E. Sullivan
Series ForewordMary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Introduction: Current Thought on Christianity and EcologyDieter T Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether
1 Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective
Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian TraditionElizabeth A. Johnson
Response to Elizabeth A. JohnsonGordon D. Kaufman
An Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?Sallie McFague
Response to Sallie McFagueKwok Pui-Lan
The Wounded Spirit as the Basis for Hope in an Age of Radical EcologyMark I. Wallace
Response to Mark I. Wallace: Another View of the Spirit's WorkEleanor Rae
The World of the Icon and Creation: An Orthodox Perspective on Ecology and PneumatologyJohn Chryssavgis
Ecofeminism: The Challenge to TheologyRosemary Radford Ruether
Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology-Challenges, Confrontations, and ReconstructionsHeather Eaton
2 Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community
Christianity's Role in the Earth ProjectThomas Berry
The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian TraditionsTheodore Hiebert
Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a TraditionLouke van Wensveen
Response to Louke van Wensveen: A Constructive ProposalSteven Bouma-Prediger
No More Sea: The Lost Chaos of the EschatonCatherine Keller
Response to Catherine KellerMary Ann Hinsdale
River of Life in God's New Jerusalem: An Eschatological Vision for Earth's FutureBarbara K Rossing
3 The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality
Seeking Moral Norms in Nature: Natural Law and Ecological ResponsibilityJames A. Nash
Response to James A. NashCristina L. H. Traina
The Moral Status of Otherkind in Christian EthicsDaniel Cowdin
Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility to Other Kinds in Biblical PerspectiveCalvin B. DeWitt
Words beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos, and the Spirit of PlaceDouglas Burton-Christie
A Christian-Chinese Version of Ecotheology: Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness in CreationPeter K. H. Lee
Response to Peter K. Fl. LeeHeup Young KimM
Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common EarthPaul F. Knitter
4 Toward Global Security and Sustainahility
Scientific and Religious Perspectives on SustainabilityIan G. Barhour
Population, Consumption, Ecology: The Triple ProblematicDaniel C. Maguire
Response to Daniel C. Maguire: The Church Should Call not Just Prophets but Environmental DeaconsSusan Power Bratton
Incentives, Consumption Patterns, and Population Policies: A Christian Ethical PerspectiveJames B. Martin-Schramm
Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable CommunityDavid G. Hallinan
Ecological Security and Policies of RestraintWilliam C. French
Response to William C. FrenchPreston N. Williams
Christianity, Economics, and EcologyJohn B. Cobb, Jr.
5 Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice
Global Eco-Justice: The Church's Mission in Urban SocietyLarry Rasmussen
Earthkeeping Churches at the African Grass RootsMarthinus L. Daneel
Response to Marthinus L. DaneelMartin Robra
Social Transformation through Environmental JusticeVernice Miller-Travis
Partnership for the Environment among U.S. Christians: Reports from the National Religious Partnership for the EnvironmentWilliam Sotnplatsky--Jarrnan and Walter E. Grazer and Stan L. LeQuire
The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for PraxisPatricia M. Mische
Conclusion: Eco-Justice at the Center of the Church's MissionRosemary Radford Ruether
Select Bibliography
Peter W Bakken
Notes on Contributors
Index
PrefaceLawrence E. Sullivan
Series ForewordMary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Introduction: Current Thought on Christianity and EcologyDieter T Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether
1 Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective
Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian TraditionElizabeth A. Johnson
Response to Elizabeth A. JohnsonGordon D. Kaufman
An Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?Sallie McFague
Response to Sallie McFagueKwok Pui-Lan
The Wounded Spirit as the Basis for Hope in an Age of Radical EcologyMark I. Wallace
Response to Mark I. Wallace: Another View of the Spirit's WorkEleanor Rae
The World of the Icon and Creation: An Orthodox Perspective on Ecology and PneumatologyJohn Chryssavgis
Ecofeminism: The Challenge to TheologyRosemary Radford Ruether
Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology-Challenges, Confrontations, and ReconstructionsHeather Eaton
2 Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community
Christianity's Role in the Earth ProjectThomas Berry
The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian TraditionsTheodore Hiebert
Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a TraditionLouke van Wensveen
Response to Louke van Wensveen: A Constructive ProposalSteven Bouma-Prediger
No More Sea: The Lost Chaos of the EschatonCatherine Keller
Response to Catherine KellerMary Ann Hinsdale
River of Life in God's New Jerusalem: An Eschatological Vision for Earth's FutureBarbara K Rossing
3 The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality
Seeking Moral Norms in Nature: Natural Law and Ecological ResponsibilityJames A. Nash
Response to James A. NashCristina L. H. Traina
The Moral Status of Otherkind in Christian EthicsDaniel Cowdin
Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility to Other Kinds in Biblical PerspectiveCalvin B. DeWitt
Words beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos, and the Spirit of PlaceDouglas Burton-Christie
A Christian-Chinese Version of Ecotheology: Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness in CreationPeter K. H. Lee
Response to Peter K. Fl. LeeHeup Young KimM
Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common EarthPaul F. Knitter
4 Toward Global Security and Sustainahility
Scientific and Religious Perspectives on SustainabilityIan G. Barhour
Population, Consumption, Ecology: The Triple ProblematicDaniel C. Maguire
Response to Daniel C. Maguire: The Church Should Call not Just Prophets but Environmental DeaconsSusan Power Bratton
Incentives, Consumption Patterns, and Population Policies: A Christian Ethical PerspectiveJames B. Martin-Schramm
Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable CommunityDavid G. Hallinan
Ecological Security and Policies of RestraintWilliam C. French
Response to William C. FrenchPreston N. Williams
Christianity, Economics, and EcologyJohn B. Cobb, Jr.
5 Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice
Global Eco-Justice: The Church's Mission in Urban SocietyLarry Rasmussen
Earthkeeping Churches at the African Grass RootsMarthinus L. Daneel
Response to Marthinus L. DaneelMartin Robra
Social Transformation through Environmental JusticeVernice Miller-Travis
Partnership for the Environment among U.S. Christians: Reports from the National Religious Partnership for the EnvironmentWilliam Sotnplatsky--Jarrnan and Walter E. Grazer and Stan L. LeQuire
The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for PraxisPatricia M. Mische
Conclusion: Eco-Justice at the Center of the Church's MissionRosemary Radford Ruether
Select Bibliography
Peter W Bakken
Notes on Contributors
Index