Item description for Loving Nature: Ecological Integrity and Christian Responsibility (Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy) by James A. Nash...
Overview The ecological crisis is a serious challenge to Christian theology and ethics because the crisis is rooted partly in flawed convictions about the rights and powers of humankind in relation to the rest of the natural world. James A. Nash argues that Christianity can draw on a rich theological and ethical tradition with which to confront this challenge.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Release Date Nov 19, 1991
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Series Churches Center For Theology And
ISBN 0687228247 ISBN13 9780687228249
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More About James A. Nash
Nash is the Executive Director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, D.C.
James A. Nash currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. James A. Nash was born in 1938.
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Great guy, great teacher, great ethicist Mar 26, 2002
James Nash is a great teacher. I have him in class and find him amusing, challenging, and open to others who's opinions differ from his own. Loving Nature is a great book that takes the economics-environmental crisis seriously.
easy read, important message May 22, 2000
Sorry it is out of print. it is not only an insightful account of ecological responsibility in light of theological understanding but also a practical guide to Wesleyan theology in particular. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in ecological issues.
A balanced & insightful work on Christian Environmentalism Dec 27, 1998
For several years I have been reading extensively in the area of Christian Environmentalism. These works range from popular to highly technical, from approaches that are fairly conservative to more progressive. I have not been completely satisfied with any of them, until I found a copy of James Nash's Loving Nature. It is by far the best book I have read on the topic. The perspective is balanced, thoughtful, insightful, and theologically sound. It is especially suitable for the Wesleyan theological tradition, to which I am belong. Nash's work is essential reading for anyone interested in Christian Environmental studies, whether they be theologians, scientists, or concerned laypersons! I recommend it especially to Christian Environmentalists, but it suitable to anyone who wants to explore an ethical approach to the Environmental crises. I used the book as required reading in a course I taught in January 1999 at Eastern Nazarene College ("A Christian Perspective on the Environment").
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION [begins with an ecological autobiography]
Character of the Crises; Purposes and Progression
1. DIMENSIONS AND DILEMMAS OF THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: The Pollution Complex
Pollution: Poisoning Our Neighbors; Global Warming: Climate Change and Excessive Consumption; Ozone Depletion: What Price Convenience and Luxury?
2. DIMENSIONS AND DILEMMAS OF THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: Exceeding the Limits
Resource Exhaustion: Living Beyond Planetary Means; Population Progress: Beyond Earth's Carrying Capacity; Maldistribution: The Linkage Betwen Economic Injustice and Ecological Degradation; Radical Reductions and Extinctions of Species: The Loss of Biodiversity; Genetic Enginering: Restraining Human Powers; The Ecological Virtues
3. THE ECOLOGICAL COMPLAINT AGAINST CHRISTIANITY
A Confession of Sin; No Single Cause; Christ and Culture; Ecological Sensitivity in Christian History; Interreligious Miscomparisons; Potential for Reformation;
4. FIRM FOUNDATIONS: Doctrines of Creation, Covenant, Divine Image, Incarnation, and Spiritual Presence
Creation: God's Cosmic and Relational Values; The Ecological Covenant of Relationality [Noah]; Divine Image and Dominion as Responsible Representation; The Incarnation as Cosmic Representation; Sacramental Presence of the Spirit;
5. FIRM FOUNDATIONS: Doctrines of Sin, Judgment, Redemption, and Church
Sin as an Ecological Disorder; Divine Judgments in Natural History; Consummation as Cosmic Redemption; The Church as Agent of Ecological Liberation and Reconcilation; A Summation;
6. LOVING NATURE: Christian Love in an Ecological Context.
Love: The Ground of Christian Theology and Ethics; Dilemmas of Definition; Love and Predation; Qualifications of Ecological Love; Ecological Dimensions of Love;
7. LOVE AS ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE: Rights and Responsibilities
Biblical Bases for Justice; Love and Justice; Meaning and Justice; Rights and Justice; Human Environmental Rights; Biotic Rights; Boundries of Biotic Rights; Individuals and Collectives; A Bill of Biotic Rights; Primae Facie Biotic Rights; Conclusion
8. POLITICAL DIRECTIONS FOR ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
Politics in Ethical Perspective; Resolving the Economics-Ecology Dilemma; Regulatory Sufficiency; Responsibilities to Future Generations; The Guardianship of Biodiversity; International Cooperation for Ecological Security; Linking Justice, Peace, and Ecology; Finally
Submitted by Laurie J. Braaten, Professor of Old Testament, Judson College.