Hope in an Age of Despair Paperback

The Gospel and the Future of Life on Earth

by Robert S White and Jonathan A Moo;

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A biblical scholar & natural scientist join hands to pen this compelling read, spelling out our ecological challenges

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Hope in an Age of Despair

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In the face of climate change and other environmental trends, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future. Philosophers, film-makers, environmentalists, politicians and even senior scientists increasingly resort to apocalyptic rhetoric to warn us that a so-called 'perfect storm' of factors are coming together in a way that threatens the future of life on earth.

Do these dire predictions amount to nothing more than ideological scaremongering, perhaps hyped-up for political or personal ends? Or are there good reasons for thinking that we may indeed be facing a crisis unprecedented in its scale and in the severity of its effects?

Jonathan Moo and Robert White encourage us to assess the evidence for ourselves. Their own conclusion is that there is in fact plenty of cause for concern. Climate change, they suggest, is potentially the most far-reaching threat that our planet faces in the coming decades, but only the most publicized. There is a wide range of much more obvious, interrelated and damaging impacts that an ever-growing number of people, consuming more and more, are having on the planet upon which we all depend.

Yet if the Christian gospel fundamentally reorientates us in our relationship with God and his world, then there ought to be something radically distinctive about our attitude and approach to such threats. Moo and White therefore reflect on just what difference the Bible's vision of the future of all of creation makes to how we live now and respond to the challenges facing life on earth.

Hope in an Age of Despair by Robert S White and Jonathan A Moo was published by IVP in June 2013 and is our 29734th best seller. The ISBN for Hope in an Age of Despair is 9781844748778.

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‘This powerful book is full of godly wisdom. Jonathan Moo and Robert White have given us an authoritative account of the current scientific data together with an inspirational review of a wide range of profound biblical resources. It is truly important reading for anyone seeking for hope in our troubled environmental times.’
Peter Harris, A Rocha

‘What a wonderful book. There isn’t anything quite like it. Biblical scholar Moo and natural scientist White join hands to pen this compelling book on hope--authentic biblical hope--in a time of increasing despair. This book is both an honest and lucid presentation of the ecological challenges before us and an insightful and articulate discussion of important biblical texts such as Romans 8, 2 Peter 3, and Luke 12. I found myself again and again saying "That is exactly right" and "Well said." Perhaps the highest compliment I can give is that I intend to use this book in teaching my college and seminary classes. Take up and read.’
Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College, Author of For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care

‘The authors give a careful and comprehensive scientific analysis of contemporary threats to the environment, such as those posed by climate change. To this they add an extensive discussion of biblical material relating to human hope and responsibility. Many Christians will find this book a helpful approach to serious problems of our age.’
Revd Dr John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS


Details for Hope in an Age of Despair

Page last updated 12th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (June 2013)
Number of Pages224
Product Code4078872
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