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

Christianity and Ecology : Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
Hessel, Dieter T. and Rosemary Radford Ruether
Harvard University Press, 2000
ISBN: 978-0-9454-5420-5

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.

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

About the editors
Dieter T. Hessel is Director of the Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith. Rosemary Radford Ruether is Professor of Theology, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents
Preface / Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword / Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
Introduction: Current Thought on Christianity and Ecology / Dieter T. Hessel, Rosemary Radford Ruether
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 of Theology / Rosemary Radford Ruether
Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology - Challenges, Confrontations, and Reconstructions / Heather Eaton
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 R. Rossing
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. H. Lee / Heup Young Kim
Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common Earth / Paul F. Knitter
Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Sustainability / Ian G. Barbour
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. Hallman
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.
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 Somplatsky-Jarman, Walter E. Grazer, Stan L. LeQuire
The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for Praxis / Patricia M. Mische
Conclusion: Eco-Justice at the Center of the Church's Mission / Rosemary Radford Ruether
Select Bibliography / Peter W. Bakken
Notes on Contributors