Ecologies of Grace : Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology

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Oxford University Press, Jan 4, 2008 - Philosophy - 376 pages
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Christianity struggles to show how living on earth matters for living with God. While people of faith increasingly seek practical ways to respond to the environmental crisis, theology has had difficulty contextualizing the crisis and interpreting the responses. In Ecologies of Grace, Willis Jenkins presents a field-shaping introduction to Christian environmental ethics that offers resources for renewing theology. Observing how religious environmental practices often draw on concepts of grace, Jenkins maps the way Christian environmental strategies draw from traditions of salvation as they engage the problems of environmental ethics. He then uses this new map to explore afresh the ecological dimensions of Christian theology. Jenkins first shows how Christian ethics uniquely frames environmental issues, and then how those approaches both challenge and reinhabit theological traditions. He identifies three major strategies for making environmental problems intelligible to Christian moral experience. Each one draws on a distinct pattern of grace as it adapts a secular approach to environmental ethics. The strategies of ecojustice, stewardship, and ecological spirituality make environments matter for Christian experience by drawing on patterns of sanctification, redemption, and deification. He then confronts the problems of each of these strategies through critical reappraisals of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and Sergei Bulgakov. Each represents a soteriological tradition which Jenkins explores as an ecology of grace, letting environmental questions guide investigation into how nature becomes significant for Christian experience. By being particularly sensitive to the ways in which environmental problems are made intelligible to Christian moral experience, Jenkins guides his readers toward a fuller understanding of Christianity and ecology. He not only makes sense of the variety of Christian environmental ethics, but by showing how environmental issues come to the heart of Christian experience, prepares fertile ground for theological renewal.
  

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Contents

Saving Nature Saving Grace
2
Ethical Strategies
28
Three Practical Strategies in Environmental Ethics
30
The Strategy of Ecojustice
60
The Strategy of Christian Stewardship
76
The Strategy of Ecological Spirituality
92
Theological Investigations
112
Sanctifying Biodiversity Ecojustice in Thomas Aquinas
114
Stewardship after the End of Nature Karl Barths Environment of Jesus Christ
152
Nature Redeemed Barths Garden of Reconciliation
170
After Maximus Ecological Spirituality and Cosmic Deification
188
Thinking Like a Transfigured Mountain Sergei Bulgakovs Wisdom Ecology
206
Conclusion Renovating Grace
226
Notes
244
Works Cited
314
Index
352

Environmental Virtues Charity Nature and Divine Friendship in Thomas
132

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