Without Nature?: A New Condition for Theology by David AlbertsonWithout Nature?: A New Condition for Theology by David Albertson

Without Nature?: A New Condition for Theology

EditorDavid Albertson, Cabell King

Paperback | December 9, 2009

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Does "nature" still exist? Common wisdom now acknowledges the malleability of nature, the complex reality that circumscribes and constitutes the human. Weather patterns, topographical contours, animal populations, and even our own genetic composition-all of which previously marked the boundary of human agency-now appear subject to our intervention. Some thinkers have suggested that nature has disappeared entirely and that we have entered a postnatural era; others note that nature is an ineradicable context for life.Christian theology, in particular, finds itself in an awkward position. Its Western traditions have long relied upon a static "nature" to express the dynamism of "grace," making nature a foundational category within theology itself. This means that any theological inquiry into the changing face of nature must be reflexive and radically interdisciplinary. This book brings leading natural and social scientists into conversation with prominent Christian theologians and ethicists to wrestle collectively with difficult questions. Is nature undergoing fundamental change? What role does nature play in theological ethics? How might ethical deliberation proceed "without nature" in the future? What does the religious drive to transform human nature have to do with the technological quest to transcend human limits? Would the end of nature make grace less comprehensible?
David Albertson is Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at the University ofSouthern California. Cabell King is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
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Title:Without Nature?: A New Condition for TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.11 inPublished:December 9, 2009Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823230708

ISBN - 13:9780823230709

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsDavid Albertson: Without Nature?Lorraine Daston: The World in OrderPart One: Ecology and NaturePeter H. Raven: Our Common Responsibility to NatureWilliam French: With Radical Amazement: Ecology and the Recovery of CreationCabell King: In the World: Henri Lefebvre and the Liturgical Production of Natural SpacePart Two: Genetics and NatureStuart A. Newman: Renatured Biology: Getting Past Postmodernism in the Life SciencesRonald Cole-Turner: Synthetic Biology: Theological Questions about Biological EngineeringGerald McKenny: Nature as Given, Nature as Guide, Nature as Natural Kinds; Return to Nature in the Ethics of Human BiotechnologyPart Three: Geography and NatureEdward W. Soja: Seeing Nature SpatiallyTimothy J. Gorringe: The Decline of Nature: Natural Theology, Theology of Nature, and the Build EnvironmentSallie McFague: The Body of the World: Our Body, OurselvesPart Four: Anthropology and NatureMichael M. J. Fischer: Emergent Forms of Un/Natural LifeLisa Sowle Cahill: Nature, Change, and JusticeThomas A. Carlson: Technological Worlds and the Birth of Nature: On Human Creation and Its Theological Resonance in Heidegger and SerresPart Five: Theology Without Nature?William Schweiker: Should We Reverence Life? Reflections at the Intersection of Ecology, Religion, and EthicsPeter Manley Scott: The End of Nature and the Last Human? Thinking Theologically about "Nature" in a Postnatural ConditionKathryn Tanner: Grace without NatureNotesList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Virtually no part of global nature remains untouched by human hands. If religion and science are to work as allies in responding to the global environmental crisis, they need to understand how technology has utterly transformed the terms of the debate. This forward-looking volume sets the framework for radically new forms of partnership."