Bible And Ecology Paperback
Rediscovering the Community of Creation
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Bible And Ecology
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Bible And Ecology by Richard Bauckham was published by Darton Longman & Todd in May 2010 and is our 38414th best seller. The ISBN for Bible And Ecology is 9780232527919.
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Bible and EcologyChris Moore, via The Good Book Stall
Richard Bauckham has built up a strong reputation as a thoughtful Biblical scholar and, as the title of this book suggests, he has brought this insight to bear on the issue of Ecology. What we have, therefore, is a consideration of what the Bible might say about the relationship between the human and the rest of creation.
The book opens with a discussion of the role of a steward - humans being called to be stewards of the earth - and what this relationship might imply. A range of different interpretations are surveyed before Bauckham gives his own, which 'cannot be easily summed up by a single term such as stewardship' Instead, he describes the human as 'one creature amongst others' who is to respect creation and make limited use of its resources whilst reflecting 'God's own care for his creation'.
The second chapter considers Job 38ff , which is presented as God 'putting us in our place' and puncturing an all too human hubris. The third chapter follows on by suggesting that the human is part of a 'community of creation' which share their dependence upon the creation God. The human is to be a servant and not a master in a creation which not only reflects the glory of God but is also his sanctuary.
The fourth chapter introduces the notion of 'ecotopia' where there is peace within creation and between those who make up the created order. The final chapter, fittingly, deals with the New Testament's 'christological rendering of the Old Testament's understanding of creation'. Here the Bible's meta-narrative of Creation (and New Creation) is dealt with, and eschatology is reimagined as ecotopia.
In all, this is a welcome addition to the writings on Ecology and one which reflects the author's deep concern with scripture. A good read.
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|Author / Artist||Richard Bauckham|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (May 2010)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||9th August 2017|