Christianity Volume

Religions of the World and Ecology Series

Christianity and Ecology Volume

Dieter T. Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds.


Table of Contents



Preface Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Introduction “Current Thought on Christianity and Ecology”
Dieter T. Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether
Chapter 1

Creator, Christ, and Spirit in Ecological Perspective
“Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian Tradition”
Elizabeth A. Johnson

“Response to Elizabeth A. Johnson”
Gordon D. Kaufman

“An Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It?”
Sallie McFague

“Response to Sallie McFague”
Kwok Pui-lan

“The Wounded Spirit as the Basis for Hope in an Age of Radical Ecology”
Mark I. Wallace

“Response to Mark I. Wallace: Another View of the Spirit’s Work”
Eleanor Rae

“The World of the Icon and Creation: An Orthodox Perspective on Ecology and Pneumatology”
John Chryssavgis

“Ecofeminism: The Challenge to Theology”
Rosemary Radford Ruether

“Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism and Theology—Challenges, Confrontations, and Reconstructions”
Heather Eaton

Chapter 2

Vision, Vocation, and Virtues for the Earth Community
“Christianity’s Role in the Earth Project”
Thomas Berry

“The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian Traditions”
Theodore Hiebert

“Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a Tradition”
Louke van Wensveen

“Response to Louke van Wensveen: Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: A Constructive Proposal”
Steven Bouma-Prediger

“No More Sea: The Lost Chaos of the Eschaton”
Catherine Keller

“Response to Catherine Keller”
Mary Ann Hinsdale

“River of Life in God’s New Jerusalem: An Eschatological Vision for Earth’s Future”
Barbara R. Rossing

Chapter 3

The Universal and Particular in Ethics and Spirituality
“Seeking Moral Norms in Nature: Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility”
James A. Nash

“Response to James A. Nash”
Cristina L. H. Traina

“The Moral Status of Otherkind in Christian Ethics”
Daniel Cowdin

“Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility to Other Kinds in Biblical Perspective”
Calvin B. DeWitt

“Words beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos, and the Spirit of Place”
Douglas Burton-Christie

“A Christian Chinese Version of Ecotheology: Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness in Creation”
Peter K. H. Lee

“Response to Peter K. H. Lee”
Heup Young Kim

“Deep Ecumenicity versus Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common Earth”
Paul F. Knitter

Chapter 4

Toward Global Security and Sustainability
“Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Sustainability”
Ian G. Barbour

“Population-Consumption-Ecology: The Triple Problematic”
Daniel C. Maguire

“Response to Daniel Maguire: The Church Should Call Not Just Prophets but Environmental Deacons”
Susan Power Bratton

“Incentives, Consumption Patterns, and Population Policies: A Christian Ethical Perspective”
James Martin-Schramm

“Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable Community”
David G. Hallman

“Ecological Security and Policies of Restraint”
William C. French

“Response to William C. French”
Preston N. Williams

“Christianity, Economics, and Ecology”
John B. Cobb, Jr.

Chapter 5

Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice
“Global Ecojustice: The Church’s Mission in Urban Society”
Larry Rasmussen

“Earthkeeping Churches at the African Grassroots”
Marthinus L. Daneel

“Response to Marthinus L. Daneel”
Martin Robra

“Social Transformation through Environmental Justice”
Vernice Miller-Travis

“Partnership for the Environment among U. S. Christians: Reports from the National Religious Partnership for the Environment”
William Somplatsky-Jarman, Walter E. Grazer, and Stan L. LeQuire

“The Integrity of Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for Praxis”
Patricia M. Mische



Notes on Contributors

Ecojustice at the Center of the Church’s Mission
Rosemary Radford Ruether

Select Bibliography


Peter W. Bakken