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Evocations of Grace: The Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics [Paperback]

By Joseph Sittler (Author), Steven Bouma-Prediger (Editor) & Peter W. Bakken (Editor)
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"Evocations of Grace" gathers ten major writings by pioneering ecological theologian Joseph Sittler. Foundational to the field, these essays argue powerfully for the vital connection between Christian theology, ethics and the natural world. They provide the necessary perspective for thinking seriously about the earth and believers' responsibility to it.

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As early as 1954 -- well before such popular books as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring -- the influential Lutheran theologian Joseph Sittler wrote on the need to think about "a theology for earth." Perhaps most famous for his eloquent and provocative address "Called to Unity" given at the 1961 World Council of Churches assembly in New Delhi, Sittler prophetically and insistently gave voice to what he called "ecological commitment as theological responsibility." Evocations of Grace introduces a new generation of readers to the thought of Joseph Sittler. Gathering ten of Sittler's seminal works -- works foundational to the field yet inaccessible until now -- this volume conveys Sittler's powerful argument for the vital connection between Christian theology, ethics, and the natural world. In an area where so much writing tends to be drearily repetitious, Sittler -- even forty years later -- remains a fresh voice. His proposal for a "cosmic christology" and his clarion call for the "care of the earth" continue to shape current eco-theological reflection. The book also includes a comprehensive Sittler bibliography and original essays by editors Steven Bouma-Prediger and Peter Bakken that assess Sittler's pioneering contribution to environmental ethics. Intended for anyone interested in the relationship between Christian faith and the environment, Evocations of Grace provides the necessary perspective for thinking seriously about the earth and our responsibility to it.

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Evocations of Grace: The Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics by Joseph Sittler, Steven Bouma-Prediger & Peter W. Bakken has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 12/13/2000 page 1311
  • Christian Century - 01/03/2001 page 30
  • Christian Century - 01/31/2001 page 25
  • Booklist - 09/15/2000 page 191


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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802846777  
ISBN13  9780802846778  


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An underappreciated theologian.  Sep 22, 2001
"Evocations of Grace" is a small sampling of Joseph Sittler's writings and thoughts on ecology, theology and ecumenism from 1954-75. Martin E. Marty (University of Chicago) wrote a very personal foreward describing Sittler as a truly gifted "theologian, rhetor, teacher, exemplar". Sittler was a pioneer in terms of speaking out on the environment from a Christian perspective. His description of nature (both organic and works of art, poetry, dance) was the "theatre of God's of grace". He made a landmark speech at the 1961 World Council of Churches on ecumenism. Sittler's writing is interesting and alive because he "insisted that his loose, unsystematic manner of exposition was appropriate to the dynamic and interrelated character of experience, and to the concrete particularity of occasions of grace". "Evocations" is a fantastic introduction to a bit of Sittler's "corpus of work"--how Joe would have loved to play with THAT phrase!
 
An underappreciated theologian.  Sep 22, 2001
"Evocations of Grace" is a small sampling of Joseph Sittler's writings and thoughts on ecology, theology and ecumenism from 1954-75. Martin E. Marty (University of Chicago) wrote a very personal foreward describing Sittler as a truly gifted "theologian, rhetor, teacher, exemplar". Sittler was a pioneer in terms of speaking out on the environment from a Christian perspective. His description of nature (both organic and works of art, poetry, dance) was the "theatre of God's of grace". He made a landmark speech at the 1961 World Council of Churches on ecumenism. Sittler's writing is interesting and alive because he "insisted that his loose, unsystematic manner of exposition was appropriate to the dynamic and interrelated character of experience, and to the concrete particularity of occasions of grace". "Evocations" is a fantastic introduction to a bit of Sittler's "corpus of work"--how Joe would have loved to play with THAT phrase!
 
An unknown, underappreciated pioneer  Sep 21, 2001
Evocations of Grace is a compilation of some of the writings and musings of American Lutheran Joseph Sittler. This corpus of work spans from 1954 to 1975. Martin E. Marty gives a very personal glimpse of Sittler who attracted small groups of students who listened for any tidbit they could glean as he walked through Chicago's Hyde Park. Sittler wrote and spoke on the environment in the '50's. He influenced Teilhard de Chardin's work on the "cosmic Christ". In 1961 he made a landmark speech on ecumenism at the WCC meeting in New Delhi. Sittler's incarnational view of nature as "God's theatre of grace" shaped much of his theology on "creation-as-grace". Sittler is an interesting theologian to read because of his style of using poetry and literature (which he considered to be part of nature, along with art, dance, etc...) in his "loose, unsystematic manner of exposition". "Evocations" is a fine introduction to a theologian who will hopefully, one day, be recognized for the pioneering theologian he was.
 

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