Nature Reborn: The Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology (Google eBook)

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Fortress Press - Nature - 154 pages
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Santmire's much-acclaimed The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology documented the unfortunate legacy of many Christian theological notions in the use, abuse, and destruction of the natural world, along with its positive aspects. This new brief, but penetrating, look at Christian theological concepts of nature returns to the fray, this time to reclaim classic, mostly pre-modern Christian themes and re-envision them in light of the global environmental and cultural crisis. This revisionist work-"to revise the classical Christian story in order to identify and to celebrate its ecological and cosmic promise"-mines Christian cosmology (the Great Chain of Being), Christology, Creation, and Eucharist, so that the Christian "story" can be then rediscovered (history), reshaped (theology), re-experienced (spirituality), and re-enacted (ritual).
  

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Contents

Revising the Classical Christian Story The Theological Challenge before Us
1
Reclaiming the Story Historically Beyond the Ecological Critique
16
Rediscovering the Story Biblically Beyond Anthropocentric Interpretations
29
Retelling the Story Narratively Beyond Evolutionary Anthropocentrism
45
Reenvisioning the Story Interpersonally Beyond Anthropocentric Personalism
61
Reenacting the Story Ritually Beyond the Milieu of the Gothic Spirit
74
Reexperiencing the Story Spiritually Beyond the Ecology of Death
93
Reliving the Story Ethically A Personal Testament of Nature Reborn
115
Notes
129
Index
149
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