A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming

A theological engagement with the current global environmental crisis needs to do four things. It needs to show a thorough grasp of the scientific and historical context in which these questions are being discussed. It needs to have a close exegetical eye not just to the early chapters of Genesis but to the whole of scripture as the portrayal of Earth in the purposes of God and of appropriate human responses to the ways God loves the world. It needs to have a broad theological grasp of the trinitarian, christological, anthropological and eschatological issues at stake, and to break new ground in an overgrown and largely undertilled area. And it needs to locate the political and economic dimensions of a timely response that invokes both church and kingdom, holding back from utopian fantasy but moving the reader to repentance, empowerment and engagement. There has not previously been such a book.

 

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