Earth Habitat, edited by Dieter Hessel and Larry Rasmussen
Topical collections of essays typically range from the barely tolerable to the merely acceptable. This is an alluring exception. Earth Habitat's introductory and concluding essays by the editors, Larry Rasmussen of New York's Union Seminary and Dieter Hessel, founding director of Princeton's Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith--both veterans of the struggle for a theology of global ecojustice--are worth the price of the book in themselves. All 12 essays in this wide-ranging volume have something fresh and instructive to say. Yet since the theological literature in this arena is pouring forth like an avalanche, why read this particular book? Because it deals so well with saying no and then saying yes, with moving from a prophetic to a priestly theology.
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