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Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis
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Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis

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Baker Academic 2014

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Today’s church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do Christians address this issue in a faithful way?

This evangelically centered but ecumenically informed introduction to ecological theology (ecotheology) explores the global dimensions of creation care, calling Christians to meet contemporary ecological challenges with courage and hope. The book provides a biblical, theological, ecological, and historical rationale for earthcare as well as specific practices to engage both individuals and churches. Drawing from a variety of Christian traditions, the book promotes a spirit of hospitality, civility, honesty, and partnership.

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Key Features

  • Introduces ecotheology and the rationale for earthcare
  • Challenges the trends that are dramatically altering the earth
  • Promotes partnership with individuals and churches across traditions


  • Why Ecotheology?
    • In the Beginning: Listening to the Voice of Scripture
    • The Voice of Creation: The Grandeur and the Groaning of the Earth
  • Exploring Ecotheology
    • Voices in the Wilderness: Christianity’s History with Creation
    • The God of Burning Bushes: Trinity and Ecology
    • Restoring Eden: Ancient Theology in an Ecological Age
  • Doing Ecotheology
    • Breaking the Bonds: Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Lightly
    • Heavenly Minded, Earthly Good: Embodying Down-to-Earth Living
    • Earthen Vessels: Greening the Church
  • Last Things
    • Living As If: Resurrection Hope

Praise for the Print Edition

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology is a wonderful new addition to the field. Combining scientific data, personal stories, and careful theological analysis, the authors draw readers into the goodness and pain of God’s world and invite them to develop a wholesome response as an act of Christian discipleship. Christians and congregations will learn much and benefit greatly from this book.

Norman Wirzba, professor of theology and ecology, Duke Divinity School

This book provides a biblically rooted and historically informed discussion of important theological and ethical issues, from a distinctly evangelical point of view, with an illuminating discussion of embodied down-to-earth living (to use the title of one of the last chapters). It is thorough, well-organized, and well-written. Moreover, it exhibits wide reading and is chock-full of wisdom. With many poignant stories to match the depth and breadth of its theology, the book makes for pleasurable as well as valuable reading.

Leonard Sweet, professor, Drew University

This volume will equip and empower pastors and lay leaders alike to develop a faithful ecotheology and to put belief into action.

—Fletcher Harper, executive director, GreenFaith

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About the Authors

Daniel L. Brunner is a professor of Christian history and formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he founded and directs the Christian earthkeeping program.

Jennifer L. Butler is the associate minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis, Oregon, and an adjunct instructor in the Christian earthkeeping program at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

A.J. Swoboda is an adjunct professor of biblical studies, theology, and church history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He also teaches at LIFE Pacific College and New Hope Christian College and serves as a pastor.

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