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Earth Revealing—Earth Healing

Ecology and Christian Theology

Denis Edwards, Editor

Earth Revealing—Earth Healing
Earth Revealing—Earth Healing

ISBN: 9780814659519, 5951

Details: 272 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 07/01/2001
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The damage human beings are doing to the atmosphere, the seas, the rivers, the land, and the life- forms of the planet is extreme and deadly. It constitutes a crisis that demands all of humanity's wisdom, ingenuity, and commitment. The whole human community needs to be involved in the response to this crisis—young and old, women and men, farmers, politicians, gardeners, teachers, planners, scientists, engineers, artists, builders, cooks, and theologians. In Earth Revealing—Earth Healing, the authors attempt to make clear the way in which Christian theology opens out into a theology of Earth revealing and challenges us towards a practice of Earth healing.

Earth Revealing—Earth Healing offers a rethinking of theology as a significant part of the rethinking that the human community must do in its stance toward creation. Aware that some theological attitudes have contributed to exploitative attitudes and to disregard for the good of the planet, the contributors are also convinced that the biblical and theological tradition has resources that can be retrieved and developed as an ecological theology. Such a theology can contribute to the healing of our planet.

The chapters of Earth Revealing—Earth Healing stretch across a number of theological sub- disciplines and related areas. Among the perspectives from the Christian theological tradition, there are reflections on the theology of the Trinity, Christology, Christian anthropology, the theology of the Holy Spirit, and contemporary feminist theology. There are also more general philosophical and cultural perspectives, including discussions of place and of landscape traditions. Finally there are practical perspectives, including discussions of globalization, the challenge of suffering and bioethics.

Essays and contributors are "The Landscape Tradition: A Broader Vision for Ecotheology," by Stephen Downs; “Globalization and Ecology,” by Christine Burke, IBVM; “‘For Your Immortal Spirit Is in All Things’: The Holy Spirit in Creation,” by Denis Edwards; “Enfleshing the Human: An Earth- Revealing, Earth-Healing Christology,” by Duncan Reid; “God’s Shattering Otherness: The Trinity and Earth’s Healing,” by Patricia Fox, RSM; “Embracing Unloveliness: Exploring Theology from the Dungheap,” by Lorna Hallahan; “Up Close and Personal: In the End, Matter Matters,” by Anthony Lowes; “The Relationship Quilt: Feminism and the Healing of Nature,” by Lucy Larkin; “A Timely Reminder: Humanity and Ecology in the Light of Christian Hope,” by Gregory Brett, CM; “Ecotheology as a Plea for Place,” by Phillip Tolliday; “Situating Humanity: Theological Anthropology in the Context of the Ecological Crisis,” by James McEvoy; and “Bioethics, Ecology, and Theology,” by Andrew Dutney.

Denis Edwards is a senior lecturer in systematic theology at Catholic Theological College and in the ecumenical consortium at the Adelaide College of Divinity, Flinders University. He has written other books on theology and is a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.


. . . this book packs a great deal of excellent material in a few pages.
NZ Catholic

This remarkable and compelling work is the first of its kind where gifted theologians of different traditions are able to retrieve from ancient and contemporary theological and philosophical thought a vision that offers tremendous hope for the ecological crisis that continues to devastate all creation. . . . Edwards and colleagues dare to "push the envelope" of traditional theological thought by calling for a new understanding of the Holy Spirit, incarnation, God, Trinity, and eschatology in light of ecology and the revisioning of the human species as part of the planet's overall divine expression. . . . This work must be read by all who care for the future life of and on the planet, and especially by those who grope for God in the midst of creation's persistent groaning.
Carol J. Dempsey, University of Portland