Keeping God's Earth
Diversity of life. Water resources. Global climate change. Cities and global environmental issues. We all know being a Christian involves ethical responsibility. But what exactly are our environmental obligations?
This unique volume edited by Wheaton College professors Noah J. Toly and Daniel I. Bock, teams up scientists with biblical scholars to help us discern just that question. What does the Lord require of us?
Here you'll read informed essays from Christian teachers in a variety of fields, ranging from New Testament, Old Testament, Christian theology and ethics to geology, biology, atmospheric physics and environmental science. Their biblical insight combined with scientific expertise will provide you with a deeper understanding and clear guidance on the most important environmental issues facing us today.
"The authors have done a credible job of presenting sound science and sound biblical theology side by side. As perhaps was intended by its editors . . . Keeping God's Earth would make a useful introduction for students or other audiences looking for a scholarly but accessibly overview."
"This is an excellent resource for enabling informed reflection on environmental issues from a biblical perspective."
"The book is well produced and, with good documentation, quality footnotes, suggestions for further reading and subject and scripture references, excellent value for money."
"The book fills a space for those looking for an ethical foundation for creation care that takes seriously both the science and the Bible. The book aims to move care for God's creation into the center of American evangelical life. It is a wake-up call to action."
"A serious book for those interested in the issue of climate change. . . A vital read."
Part 1: Introduction
Introduction: Keeping God?s Earth--Toward an Evangelical Response to the Environmental Crisis
Noah J. Toly and Daniel I. Block
1 Eschatology and Environmental Ethics: On the Importance of Biblical Theology to Creation Care
Part 2: Cities and the World
2 Cities and the Global Environment
Noah J. Toly
3 A Biblical Theology of the City and the Environment: Human Community in the Created Order
M. Daniel Carroll R.
Part 3: The Diversity of Life
4 The Diversity of Life: Its Loss and Conservation
Fred Van Dyke
5 To Serve and to Keep: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Humanity's Responsibility in the Face of the Biodiversity Crisis
Daniel I. Block
Part 4: Water Resources
6 Water for Life: Global Freshwater Resources
7 A Biblical Theology of Water: Plenty, Food and Drought in the Created Order
David Toshio Tsumura
Part 5: Climate Change
8 The Changing Global Climate: Evidence, Impacts, Adaptation and Abatement
Sir John Houghton
9 "The Earth Is the Lord's": Biblical Foundations for Global Ecological Ethics and Mission
Christopher J. H. Wright
Part 6: Conclusion
10 Environmental Ethics: Bringing Creation Care Down to Earth