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9780807090008

When Time Is Short Finding Our Way in the Anthropocene

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807090008

  • ISBN10:

    080709000X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-07-12
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Summary

With faith, hope, and compassion, acclaimed religion scholar Timothy Beal shows us how to navigate the inevitabilities of the climate crisis and the very real—and very near—possibility of human extinction

What if it’s too late to save ourselves from climate crisis? When Time is Short is a meditation for what may be a finite human future that asks how we got here to help us imagine a different relationship to the natural world.

Modern capitalism, as it emerged, drew heavily upon the Christian belief in human exceptionalism and dominion over the planet, and these ideas still undergird our largely secular society. They justified the pillaging and eradication of indigenous communities and plundering the Earth’s resources in pursuit of capital and lands.

But these aren’t the only models available to us—and they aren’t even the only models to be found in biblical tradition. Beal re-reads key texts to anchor us in other ways of being—in humbler conceptions of humans as earth creatures, bound in ecological interdependence with the world, subjected to its larger reality. Acknowledging that any real hope must first face and grieve the realities of climate crisis, Beal makes space for us to imagine new possibilities and rediscover ancient ones. What matters most when time becomes short, he reminds us, is always what matters most.

Author Biography

Timothy Beal is Distinguished University Professor and Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. He has published essays on religion and culture for the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, and Washington Post, and is the author of several books, including Roadside Religion and The Rise and Fall of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Introduction with Playlist

1. Soon, All of This Will Be Gone

2. Once We Were Like Gods

3. We Are the Gods Now

4. Gods with Anuses

5. Palliative Hope

6. Back to the Beginnings

7. Humus Being

8. No Hope Without Grief

9. Subsistentialism

Epilogue: Kids These Days

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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