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Ecology at the Heart of Faith [Paperback]

Denis Edwards

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April 25 2006
This book reveals how humanity and the world are together being made into the image of God and breaks down the separation between mysticism, theology, prophecy, poetry and science.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (April 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570756651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570756658
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denis Edwards teaches theology at the Flinders University School of Theology in Adelaide, South Australia and is the author of Breath of Life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecological Theology Jan. 8 2007
By Carol Blank - Published on Amazon.com
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In his latest book, Edwards offers "a partial sketch of how ecological conversion can find inspiration from within the traditions of Christian faith."

Based on the God-centered (not human-centered) teaching of the bible, he explores an ecological theology that honors and respects all creatures. Today, he suggests, many Christians accept care of creation as God's will, yet fail to see their actions as discipleship with Jesus. Jesus knew God was involved with every sparrow that falls to the ground, Edwards reminds us. Connecting the living memory of Jesus with the issues that confront the global community is essential if ecological action is to be seen "not only as ethically responsible but also as radically Christian."

He shares his vision of actions and attitudes that could result from a widespread conversion to this radical Christianity, carried out in all aspects of daily life as well as through public witness by the church. Among other changes, he sees a critical challenge to current economic and political practices and acceptance of the reality that resources of earth are finite and "current Western consumption patterns...bring death and destruction to other species in our planetary community life." Other topics Edwards addresses include writings on the future of the world by theologians Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Karl Rahner and an ecological theology of the Eucharist.

This timely, clearly written resource, with its strong summary chapter, extensive notes, and detailed index, is ideal for those wishing to further their understanding of the ecological icrisis facing our world and ways that we can make a difference today. The entire work or specific chapters could be used by families, small groups, or educators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecology at the heart of faith Nov. 9 2009
By Patricia Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been an eye opener for me. I'm being made aware of how closely everything created is connected and I'm viewing nature in a much more relation-based attitude. My cat has more meaning for me. I used to consider her a nuisance at times; now I realize that she needs relationship with me since she has no other cats to interact with. I'm gazing with awe at the insects "dancing in the autumn sunshine". They seem to be celebrating life. And this book certainly causes me to review the necessity to conserve energy. I can use my car less, I've gotten rid of my gas guzzler; I recycle paper, plastic and glass; buy my milk in returnable glass containers, etc. I highly recommend this as a great read for anyone who cares for the universe. We must change our attitudes and behavior before there is no recovery attainable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and affirming June 11 2011
By Janice R. Dunlap - Published on Amazon.com
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Edwards makes a compelling case for ecospirituality that is accessible to every reader. Not only does this book offer a clear explanation of how creation frames and informs faith, but it also encourages an active reassessment of the individual's relationship with, and understanding of the human connection to, the greater universe. As a Catholic theologian, I'd like to see this book required reading for every person of religious conviction, as it addresses the common condition of humankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you read no other book, read this one! May 30 2011
By Wordsword - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the finest book I have ever read. It is also one of the clearest explanations of the Christian view of creation and ecosystems that has ever crossed my desk. This book brings one beyond an understanding of how life developed starting one second after the Big Bang. It easily investigates Who instigated the big bang from a tiny point of energy. (That would be our loving God.)

Buddhism easily sees how all of creation (people, plants, animals, the water and land, etc) are interrelated. Christians, in time, have tended to deduce that man is to dominate creation. That was based on a non-crtitical interpretation of one of the creation stories found in the Book of Genesis. Denis Edwards shows how this has not always been the case. After the flood, the Lord explains to Noah how all creation is to live in harmony.

Edwards points out how aspects of the Catholic mass celebrate in unity with creation (while keeping the dignity and specialness of humanity). Again, this has been forgotten, but after reading this book, I can see how it is all still there in the mass, today.

I read this book the week that my beloved hound got very sick and died. It helped me through this sad time and allowed me to see that God also loved my pooch. This book has a healing quality to it and so I recommend it to everyone Christian and non-Christian, alike. It will open your eyes to see the world in a new and wonderful way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Book for Today's Theology June 10 2012
By The Big Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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In today's God-talk where everything is deemed static and stale by ordinary people, this book offers a fresh insight putting together ancient and refreshing God-talk with the insights of the new story of the universe that is product of the recent scientific discoveries of our origins. No longer can we see ourselves to be individuals exploiting the earth and its resources, but rather species interconnecting with other species that have come before us. And with this insight, we see that we have much to be accountable for, not only to the destruction happening to the world today, but also the efforts to rebuild it. And at the heart of looking our faith-experience is the God who moves, journeys, and continuously creates that we may share in the creative love that He/She has not only to the human race, but to the universe to which we are situated. A good book for believers, pastors, ministers, and to students not only of theology, but those whose epistemology belongs to the sciences.

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