Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship, By Fred H. Van Dyke and David C. Mahan and Joseph K. Sheldon and Raymond H. Brand

Redeeming Creation

The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship

by Fred H. Van Dyke, David C. Mahan, Joseph K. Sheldon, and Raymond H. Brand

Redeeming Creation
  • Length: 214 pages
  • Published: March 06, 1996
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1872
  • ISBN: 9780830818723

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"Preeeeep." The sound of the peepers, tiny frogs an inch or two long, penetrated the dusk. Beneath the jack pines at the edge of a small pond in the northern Michigan woods, the males were calling their mates. A professor and a group of ecology students sat speechless as closer and closer, louder and louder, more and more peepers joined in chorus.

There was just light enough to see them, crawling up a bracken fern to find a singing perch, filling their throats with air like tiny balloons about to burst and then giving forth at close range an ear-splitting 'preeeeep.; . . . Now we were immersed in the peepers' lives, not ours. And when the concert ended and the peepers had gone away, we laughed together for the sheer joy and power of life displayed for a moment in the grand efforts of one tiny creature to be fruitful and multiply."

Combining compelling stories with both biblical and scientific investigation, Redeeming Creation addresses the ecological crisis we face today.

  • population explosion
  • rain forests stripped bare
  • destruction of animal habitat
  • the death of entire species
  • depletion of the ozone layer
  • global warming

The authors, four biologists and teachers, believe that we can face these dilemmas with hope. Moving beyond a mere survey of the planet's ills, they bring Scripture into fruitful dialogue with current scientific findings and commitments. They both inspire and inform our individual and corporate response to God's creation.


Foreword by James W. Sire
1. A Creation in Crisis
2. God the Creator
3. The Value of Creation
4. Out of the Dust
5. Covenant Redemption
6. Ruling Subduing: The Uniqueness of Being Human
7. God's World Today
8. The Consequences of Disobedience
9. A Christian Response: Restoration Redemption
10. Ecology the Christian Mind: A New Beginning

Appendix: Christian Denominational Interdenominational Groups Involved with Environmental Ecological Issues




About the Authors


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