Today’s church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do Christians address this issue in a faithful way?
This evangelically centered but ecumenically informed introduction to ecological theology explores the global dimensions of creation care, calling Christians to meet contemporary ecological challenges with courage and hope. The book provides a biblical, theological, ecological, and historical rationale for earthcare as well as specific practices to engage both individuals and churches. Drawing from a variety of Christian traditions, Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology promotes a spirit of hospitality, civility, honesty, and partnership.
“A wonderful new addition to the field. Combining scientific data, personal stories, and careful theological analysis, the authors draw readers into the goodness and pain of God’s world and invite them to develop a wholesome response as an act of Christian discipleship. Christians and congregations will learn much and benefit greatly from this book.” – Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School
“An excellent addition to the literature on Christians and creation care. This book provides a biblically rooted and historically informed discussion of important theological and ethical issues, from a distinctly evangelical point of view….My thanks to the authors for this fine volume. I pray many will take up and read this book and in so doing be inspired to bear witness to God’s good future of shalom.” – Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College
“The most carefully constructed and comprehensive work of its kind to date. If you have been waiting for a text centering ecotheology in solidly biblical and historic Christianity, the wait is over.” – Randy Woodley, George Fox Seminary
Daniel L. Brunner (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of Christian history and formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he founded and directs the Christian earthkeeping program.
Jennifer L. Butler (MDiv, George Fox Evangelical Seminary) is associate minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis, Oregon, and an adjunct instructor in the Christian earthkeeping program at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.
A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) is an adjunct professor of biblical studies, theology, and church history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He also teaches at LIFE Pacific College and New Hope Christian College and serves as a pastor.