Environmental Stewardship

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Robert James Berry
A&C Black, Mar 13, 2006 - Religion - 348 pages
The stimulus for the book came from a conference organized by the John Ray Initiative (JRI) to explore 'the Christian approach to the environment'. A clear conclusion was the need to explore and characterize 'stewardship'. This is a concept widely used by environmentalists and one which has clear biblical roots, but it is repeatedly criticized (even condemned) by those who regard any management of nature as either impious or impractical, and by others who believe it is inadequate or misleading. Five key contributions form the core of this book: a context-establishing introduction by R.J. Berry, and papers by Robin Attfield (philosopher), Murray Rae (theologian), Calvin DeWitt (biologist), and Jim Lovelock ('biogeochemist'). They are supported by other relevant material - either classic texts or contributions written or revised especially for this volume. >
 

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Contents

Having Dominion Genesis and the Mastery
17
Modern Domination of Nature Historical Origins
32
A Theology for the Earth
51
Environmental Sensitivity and Critiques of Stewardship
76
The Dominion of Man
92
The Fallible Concept of Stewardship of the Earth
106
Stewardship as Key to a Theology of Nature
129
Stewardship Responding Dynamically to
145
Ethics and Stewardship
199
Soil Stewardship and Spirit in the Era
213
Environmental Stewardship Needed for the Core
228
From Ecological Lament to a Sustainable Oikos
247
Priest of Creation
273
To Render Praise Humanity in Gods World
291
Stewardship for the Twentyfirst Century
315
Index
339

Environmental Ethics Ecological Theology
159
Symbols to Live By
174

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RJ (Sam) Berry is Professor Emeritus of Genetics at University College, London. He is both a distinguished scientist and committed Christian: he has served as President of the British Ecological Society, the European Ecological Federation and of Christians in Science.

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