Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans by Dieter T. HesselChristianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans by Dieter T. Hessel

Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans

EditorDieter T. Hessel, Rosemary Radford Ruether

Paperback | January 15, 2000

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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 on 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.

Dieter T. Hessel is Director of the Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith.
Title:Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and HumansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Lawrence E. Sullivan

Series Foreword
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Introduction: Current Thought on Christianity and Ecology
Dieter T Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether

1. Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective

Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian Tradition
Elizabeth A. Johnson

Response to Elizabeth A. Johnson
Gordon D. Kaufman

An Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?
Sallie McFague

Response to Sallie McFague
Kwok Pui-Lan

The Wounded Spirit as the Basis for Hope in an Age of Radical Ecology
Mark I. Wallace

Response to Mark I. Wallace: Another View of the Spirit's Work
Eleanor Rae

The World of the Icon and Creation: An Orthodox Perspective on Ecology and Pneumatology
John Chryssavgis

Ecofeminism: The Challenge to Theology
Rosemary Radford Ruether

Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology-Challenges, Confrontations, and Reconstructions
Heather Eaton

2. Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community

Christianity's Role in the Earth Project
Thomas Berry

The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian Traditions
Theodore Hiebert

Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a Tradition
Louke van Wensveen

Response to Louke van Wensveen: A Constructive Proposal
Steven Bouma-Prediger

No More Sea: The Lost Chaos of the Eschaton
Catherine Keller

Response to Catherine Keller
Mary Ann Hinsdale

River of Life in God's New Jerusalem: An Eschatological Vision for Earth's Future
Barbara K Rossing

3. The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality

Seeking Moral Norms in Nature: Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility
James A. Nash

Response to James A. Nash
Cristina L. H. Traina

The Moral Status of Otherkind in Christian Ethics
Daniel Cowdin

Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility to Other Kinds in Biblical Perspective
Calvin B. DeWitt

Words beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos, and the Spirit of Place
Douglas Burton-Christie

A Christian-Chinese Version of Ecotheology: Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness in Creation
Peter K. H. Lee

Response to Peter K. Fl. Lee
Heup Young KimM

Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common Earth
Paul F. Knitter

4. Toward Global Security and Sustainahility

Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Sustainability
Ian G. Barhour

Population, Consumption, Ecology: The Triple Problematic
Daniel C. Maguire

Response to Daniel C. Maguire: The Church Should Call not Just Prophets but Environmental Deacons
Susan Power Bratton

Incentives, Consumption Patterns, and Population Policies: A Christian Ethical Perspective
James B. Martin-Schramm

Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable Community
David G. Hallinan

Ecological Security and Policies of Restraint
William C. French

Response to William C. French
Preston N. Williams

Christianity, Economics, and Ecology
John B. Cobb, Jr.

5. Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice

Global Eco-Justice: The Church's Mission in Urban Society
Larry Rasmussen

Earthkeeping Churches at the African Grass Roots
Marthinus L. Daneel

Response to Marthinus L. Daneel
Martin Robra

Social Transformation through Environmental Justice
Vernice Miller-Travis

Partnership for the Environment among U.S. Christians: Reports from the National Religious Partnership for the Environment
William Sotnplatsky--Jarrnan, Walter E. Grazer, and Stan L. LeQuire

The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for Praxis
Patricia M. MischeConclusion: Eco-Justice at the Center of the Church's Mission
Rosemary Radford Ruether

Select Bibliography
Peter W Bakken

Notes on Contributors


From Our Editors

The third volume in a series on the relationship between world religions and the environment, Christianity and Ecology looks at the ways Christian values can help further the environmental cause. Starting by explaining the problematic issues that cause ecological neglect and abuse, the authors then offer constructive ways Christians can contribute to ecologically responsible living.

Editorial Reviews

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 lifeThe articles and responses, in general, are written by some of the most renowned people in the field and are of superb quality.