Creation Care Discipleship Why Earthkeeping Is an Essential Christian Practice Steven Bouma-Prediger Although our planet faces numerous ecological crises, including climate change, many Christians continue to view their faith as pri- marily a “spiritual” matter that has little relationship to the world in which we live. But Steven Bouma-Prediger contends that protect- ing and restoring our planet is part and parcel of what it means to be a Christian. Making his case from Scripture, theology, and ethics and including insights from the global church, Bouma-Prediger explains why Christians must acknowledge their identity as earthkeepers and therefore embrace their calling to serve and protect their home planet and fellow creatures. To help readers put an “earthkeeping faith” into practice, he also suggests numerous practical steps that concerned believers can take to care for the planet. Bouma-Prediger unfolds a biblical vision of earthkeeping and challenges Christians to view care for the earth as an integral part of Christian discipleship. This book will be useful for professors and students for courses in religion, environmental studies, and Chris- tian ecological theology as well as readers interested in Christian ecological theology and earthkeeping. Overture: Why Read This Book Biblical Meditation: Water, Water Everywhere 2. Beginning and Ending with Rivers and Trees: The Biblical Vision of Earthkeeping Biblical Meditation: God Remembers, the Earth Remembered, and God’s Covenant with the Earth 3. Humble Humans in a Holy World: Learning from Theology and Ethics Biblical Meditation: Lightning and Wind, Hawk and Vulture, Behemoth and Leviathan 4. Ecumenical Insights: Wisdom from the Global Church Biblical Meditation: I Am the Good Shepherd 5. Christian Faith in Action: Living What We Believe Biblical Meditation: Peace Be with You 6. Aching Visionaries Indexes CONTENTS 1.
OCTOBER 2023 • 224 pp. • paper • $25.99 • 9781540966322
Steven Bouma-Prediger (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Leon- ard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College, where he also oversees the Environmental Studies minor and cochairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee. In addition, Bouma-Prediger has taught theology and ethics at West- ern Theological Seminary and is a board member of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. He is author or coauthor of six books, including Earthkeeping and Character and For the Beauty of the Earth .
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