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Green Christianity

Five Ways to a Sustainable Future

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ISBN13: 9780800664619

ISBN10: 0800664612

Publisher: Fortress Press

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  • The central message of this book is that religion has a special role to play in saving the planet. Religion has the unique power to fire the imagination and empower the will to break the cycle of addiction to nonrenewable energy. The environmental crisis is a crisis not of the head but of the heart. The problem is not that we do not know how to stop climate change but rather that we lack the inner strength to redirect our culture and economy toward a sustainable future. Only a bold and courageous faith can undergird a long, term commitment to change. This book is a call to hope, not despair, a survey of promising directions and a call for readers to discover meaning and purpose in their lives through a spiritually charged commitment to saving the Earth.

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    Mark Wallace offers five theological guidelines for inspiring a deep Christian ecological commitment. This book should be a basic text for Christian education classes in every parish.

    , Rosemary Radford Ruether, Clarmeont School of Theology, Claremont, California

    Christian animism! God fully embodied within the natural world! Great! What a radical message, grounded in tradition and designed to inspire Christians to lift their spirits, celebrate their bodies, and above all, save the planet, whose crisis is also spiritual. We need more bold prophets like Wallace!

    , Norman Habel, Professorial Fellow, Flinders University, South Australia

    At last: an erotically charged eco, Christianity! Brimming with the sensuous spirit of the creation, and of our most intimate participation in it, this work by a leading ecological theologian will make green converts not by apocalyptic threat but by joyful attraction.

    , Catherine Keller, Author of On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew Theological School

    In this provocative book, written for a general audience, Mark Wallace challenges his readers to go to the limit of ecological Christianity. His creative interweaving of practical, almost poetic encounters with the natural world, alongside reflection on raising awareness in local deprived social communities, serves to base this book on everyday lived experience. But this book is also unusual in its deliberate yoking of environmental responsibility with reclaiming a positive approach to sensual, bodily, erotic desire inspired by alternative radical feminist readings of biblical texts. By adopting a version of what he terms a Christian animism, he challenges notions of separation that have dominated Christian thought. This book should carry a health warning: be prepared to be disturbed. But this unashamed polemic for human communities to change in order to create a more sustainable future is a message that this generation desperately needs to hear in Western societies.

    , Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Chester, United Kingdom


Green Christianity