How does Christianity change the way we view the natural world? In this addition to a critically acclaimed series, renowned theologian Norman Wirzba engages philosophers, environmentalists, and cultural critics to show how the modern concept of nature has been deeply problematic.
Wirzba explains that understanding the world as creation rather than as nature or the environment makes possible an imagination shaped by practices of responsibility and gratitude, which can help bring healing to our lands and communities. By learning to give thanks for creation as God’s gift of life, Christians bear witness to the divine love that is reconciling all things to God.
“With insightful analysis and lucid prose Norman Wirzba offers a winsome argument for reimagining the natural world as creation–lovingly made, sustained, and redeemed by the triune God….Few books I have read of late are as timely as this.” – Steven Bouma-Prediger, author of For the Beauty of the Earth
“In this, his most important book yet, Norman Wirzba asks the simple question: What difference would it make if we thought of the earth not as nature but as creation?….All we human creatures need to hear the message of this very fine book.” – Loren Wilkinson, Regent College
“Norman Wirzba writes with verve, alacrity, and theological sensitivity in laying out particular arguments for bringing back the importance of creation for a theological anthropology relevant to earth ethics.” – Celia E. Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame
“No one is better than Wirzba in describing modernity’s idolatrous and disastrous course and offering a Christian understanding of creation as the antidote.” – Larry Rasmussen, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
“A deeply hopeful book written in prose both artful and lucid, this confirms Norman Wirzba’s place as one of the finest theologians writing today.” – Fred Bahnson, author of Soil and Sacrament
“From Nature to Creation is a soon-to-be-classic text on the theology of creation, and it has come to us not a moment too soon.” – Jonathan Merritt, senior columnist at Religion News Service
“In this wise, prophetic, and expansive book, Norman Wirzba offers us an extended meditation on creation with compelling eloquence.” – Brian J. Walsh, campus minister, University of Toronto
“Wirzba casts a profound vision of creaturely life….Sure to inspire a wave of theological explorations in both the academy and the church.” – C. Christopher Smith, founding editor, The Englewood Review of Books
Norman Wirzba (PhD, Loyola University, Chicago) is professor of theology and ecology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, Living the Sabbath, Making Peace with the Land (coauthored with Fred Bahnson), The Essential Agrarian Reader, The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry.
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