Loving Nature

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  • Copyright: 1991-11-01
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr

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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.

Author Biography

James A. Nash is the Executive Director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, D. C.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Character of the Crisisp. 17
Purposes and Progressionp. 19
Dimensions and Dilemmas of the Ecological Crisis: the Pollution Complexp. 23
Pollution: Poisoning Our Neighborsp. 24
Global Warming: Climate Change and Excessive Consumptionp. 32
Ozone Depletion: What Price Convenience and Luxury?p. 37
Dimensions and Dilemmas of the Ecological Crisis: Exceeding the Limitsp. 40
Resource Exhaustion: Living Beyond Planetary Meansp. 40
Population Progress: Beyond Earth's Carrying Capacityp. 44
Maldistribution: The Linkage Between Economic Injustice and Ecological Degradationp. 50
Radical Reductions and Extinctions of Species: The Loss of Biodiversityp. 54
Genetic Engineering: Restraining Human Powersp. 59
The Ecological Virtuesp. 63
The Ecological Complaint Against Christianityp. 68
A Confession of Sinp. 72
No Single Causep. 74
Christ and Culturep. 77
Ecological Sensitivity in Christian Historyp. 79
Interreligious Miscomparisonsp. 88
Potential for Reformationp. 91
Firm Foundations: Doctrines of Creation, Covenant, Divine Image, Incarnation, and Spiritual Presencep. 93
Creation: God's Cosmic and Relational Valuesp. 95
The Ecological Covenant of Relationalityp. 100
Divine Image and Dominion as Responsible Representationp. 102
The Incarnation as Cosmic Representationp. 108
Sacramental Presence of the Spiritp. 111
Firm Foundations: Doctrines of Sin, Judgment, Redemption, and Churchp. 117
Sin as an Ecological Disorderp. 117
Divine Judgments in Natural Historyp. 121
Consummation as Cosmic Redemptionp. 124
The Church as Agent of Ecological Liberation and Reconciliationp. 133
A Summationp. 137
Loving Nature: Christian Love in an Ecological Contextp. 139
Love: The Ground of Christian Theology and Ethicsp. 140
Dilemmas of Definitionp. 143
Love and Predationp. 146
Qualifications of Ecological Lovep. 148
Ecological Dimensions of Lovep. 151
Love as Ecological Justice: Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 162
Biblical Bases for Justicep. 163
Love and Justicep. 166
Meaning of Justicep. 167
Rights and Justicep. 169
Human Environmental Rightsp. 171
Biotic Rightsp. 173
Boundaries of Biotic Rightsp. 176
Individuals and Collectivesp. 179
A Bill of Biotic Rightsp. 186
Prima Facie Biotic Rightsp. 189
Conclusionp. 191
Political Directions for Ecological Integrityp. 192
Politics in Ethical Perspectivep. 192
Resolving the Economics-Ecology Dilemmap. 197
Regulatory Sufficiencyp. 203
Responsibilities to Future Generationsp. 206
The Guardianship of Biodiversityp. 210
International Cooperation for Ecological Securityp. 215
Linking Justice, Peace, and Ecologyp. 217
Finallyp. 221
Notesp. 223
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 253
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