In view of the destruction of the sources of life, ecology is no longer a marginal issue. In Creation Set Free, Sigurd Bergmann creatively rethinks the discipline of theology in light of the global environmental crisis. He opens up an extraordinary dialogue between previous ecological theologies and church father Gregory of Nazianzus. Through the neglected topics of sociality, motion, suffering, and the Spirit, Bergmann brings to light Gregory’s thought on the liberation of creation. Finally, Bergmann connects ecological issues and patristic theology with contemporary liberation theology, concerned throughout to reaffirm the cosmos as something involved in redemption rather than merely a stage for the human salvific drama. An astonishingly wide-ranging study, Creation Set Free should interest all those concerned with the history of theology and the future of the earth.
Looking at theology through the lens of a postmodern culture, this volume is an essential and highly significant work. All Scripture passages are linked to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference.
Our earth is ‘groaning’ more than ever. This brilliant volume settles itself within contemporary ecological issues and establishes an integral connection to the theology of Gregory of Nazianzen (d. 390). Bergmann shows how we can take up the problems through this grand old resource with stunning results because his methods are sound. Liberation in Christ is for more than humans.
—Frederick W. Norris, Emmanuel School of Religion
Bergmann’s book demonstrates that interdisciplinary dialogue does not require blurring the distinctiveness of a theological approach. Rather, a clear emphasis on a theological understanding of nature, letting the understanding of nature be informed by its relationship to God, opens up promising avenues for dialogue with disciplines outside theology.
—Christoph Schwöbel, University of Tübingen
Sigurd Bergmann is Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. The author and editor of numerous books, he is also a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences and an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden.