All Creation is Groaning: An Interdisciplinary Vision for Life in a Sacred Universe

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Liturgical Press, 1999 - Religion - 313 pages
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This multi-academic perspective on contemporary environmental issues reminds us of our oneness with the natural world and what that calls us to as moral creatures. Fashioned as a series of stories based on the model of biblical narrative, these seemingly multivalent voices and perspectives are joined together with biblical stories, references, and theological reflection to create in All Creation Is Groaning a seamless story that is both provocative and revelatory. All Creation Is Groaning provides a clear vision of living life in a sacred universe. This vision is linked to the biblical vision of justice and righteousness for all of creation, and humankind?s responsibility to hasten the vision through a call to ethical practice. Critical and hermeneutical, this book reflects an interdisciplinary approach so as to ?build bridges of understanding between the Bible and contemporary disciplines.? Chapters are ?Stories from the Heart,? ?New Ways of Knowing and Being Known,? ?An Islamic Perspective on the Environment,? ?Christian Values, Technology, and the Environment Crisis,? ?Feeding the Hungry and Protecting the Environment,? ?Mental Cartography in a Time of Environmental Crisis,? ?Toward an Understanding of International Geopolitics and the Environment,? ?Sustainability: An Eco-Theological Analysis,? ?The Stewardship of Natural and Human Resources,? ?Development of Environmental Responsibility in Children,? ?An Ecological View of Elders and Their Families: Needs for the Twenty-First Century,? ?Symphonies of Nature: Creation and Re-creation,? ?A Sense of Place,? and ?Hope Amidst Crisis: A Prophetic Vision of Cosmic Redemption.? ?Editors and contributors should be commended for the daring contribution to a volume that can be formidably used at undergraduate institutions where students experience firsthand the variety of disciplines and subjects represented in this volume.? Ecotheology"Fourteen essays, each of which could stand alone, are drawn together and unified by means of a biblical passage chosen and theological reflection written specifically for each chapter." Commonweal ?We are deeply in the debt of this impressive collegium. The book is of value for its parts, and more so in the clarity with which its sum is more than its parts.? Walter Brueggemann Columbia Theological Seminary". . . these essays knit the university together in an interconnected community of discourse that itself witnesses to seeing creation as an interconnected community of life. The result is an impressive contribution to growing ecological consciousness and concern.? Rosemary Radford Ruether"All Creation Is Groaning is . . . a magnificent resource, which approaches commitment to the Earth from an astonishing variety of perspectives, yet offers a common faith-filled view which inspires hope and commitment.? Denis Edwards Flinders University". . . this collection of essays is a unique example of the marvelous insights that can be achieved from an interdisciplinary venture that weaves together rather than compartmentalizes perspectives of theology and philosophy, literature and the arts, physical and social sciences, and business. What a wonderful way to learn about the marvelous work of which we are a part.? Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. Catholic Theological Union
 

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Contents

and the Environment
126
Creation and Recreation
227
A Sense of Place
240

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Page 1 - I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for
Page 1 - creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that
Page 1 - free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved.

About the author (1999)

Carol J. Dempsey, OP is professor of biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, with special expertise in Old Testament and prophets. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America, and has authored several books including Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth (Liturgical Press, 2007) and Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict.

Russell A. Butkus is an associate professor of theology and environmental studies and associate director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Portland. He co-authored, with Carol Dempsey, All Creation Is Groaning: An Interdisciplinary Vision for Life in a Sacred Universe (Liturgical/M. Glazier, 1999) and is the author of many articles on theology and the environment.

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