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"In many ways Earth-Honoring Faith resembles an intricate, colorful song played by a vast collection of deft instrumentalists. Rasmussen is a master at tying together a large number of resources and perspectives, each carefully tuned to play the right notes. Persuasively, even lyrically, he has assembled a grand orchestra to inspire deep reflection and animate meaningful practice." --The Christian Century
"This book is important, timely, sorely needed and deeply prophetic- delivering a hard, truthful indictment of the world as it is, but also suggesting visionary, hopeful Earth-honoring ways forward... yes, you should, you need , to read this." --Journal of Lutheran Ethics
"Larry Rasmussen has once again penned a masterwork uniting ecological ethics and religious practices broadly envisioned. If the Earth is to survive, ethical theory and spiritual praxis are equally vital. Science informs. Religions motivat. A transformation combining these concepts is urgently needed at this moment in time on our planet." --Catholic Books Review
"He [Rasmussen] writes extremely well, with elegance and eloquence, and weaves poetry, narrative, and personal stories into a tapestry informed by keen ethical insight and analysis. His treatment of power relations in the economy and of consumerism is masterful. This book is a must for anyone interested in the environment who is not willing to settle for lazy aphorisms and superficial panaceas." --CHOICE
"This book is a tour-de-force, bringing together theological reflection and ethical persuasion to argue for the transformation of religions into their ecological phase. Larry Rasmussen is eloquent, comprehensive, and compelling in his articulation of a vision that is sorely needed for our emerging Earth Community."--Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
"Larry Rasmussen's new work on religious ethics moves from a lyrical homage to the sacred web of life to a searing indictment of the utilitarian use of nature by both capitalist and socialist industrialization. Drawing on mystical, prophetic, and wisdom traditions, Rasmussen shows that a paradigm shift to an ecologically conscious civilization is possible. Inspired by local communities, an earth-honoring faith becomes a song of songs."--Aruna Gnanadason, author of Listen to the Women, Listen to the Earth
"Rasmussen argues persuasively that religion needs to stop perceiving nature as the stage for the human salvation drama and view it instead as the locus for experience of the divine. His scholarship is impeccable and his ability to weave together insights from various fields and scholars is exemplary. Earth-honoring Faith is a grand intellectual endeavor that reflects interdisciplinary thinking at its best."--Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, Luther College
"By writing so lyrically and in open conversation with so many others struggling to create language for this civilizational transition, Larry Rasmussen shows the awkwardness of inherited language and ideas for discussing the new moral world that humanity needs to learn to inhabit. He demonstrates how to make sense of ancient moral traditions in a new context, and how to bend them into a new imagination of the world. This book is a serious contribution to religious ethics. It will be appreciated not only by scholars in the field but by many thinking readers worried about sustainability crises and looking for cultural resources to reshape our shared moral imagination."--Willis Jenkins, author of Ecologies of Grace
About the Author
Larry L. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary and winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He is the author of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance and the co-editor of Earth Habitat: New Dimensions of Church and Community in Creation.
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In his earlier book, Earth Community Earth Ethics (1996) Rasmussen set down his vital thesis: namely, that we are part of a larger community-the Earth Community, and we must live accordingly-Earth Ethics. In Earth-honoring Faith, he develops this thesis further, accessing multiple sources, religious, scientific, popular, and otherwise. Like the prophets of old, Rasmussen sees the manifold ecological dangers that, given our current worldview and way of life, are lurking on the horizon, and he urgently calls us to engage in the prodigious task of "a seismic shift in [our] moral universe and in our industrial/postindustrial way of life. It is a shift from the encapsulated human self and human society to the ecosphere as center, boundary, and subject; from human justice to creation justice; and from my bounded human community to the unbounded community of all life" (p. 193). We must undertake "the re-moralization of the landscape (deBuys) . . . the collective religious and cultural task as people struggle to find a new identity while caught in the throes of death and renewal. Singing the Lord's song in a strange land, treating each locale as a sacred trust worthy of well-being, [developing] a sense of place that, like wisdom itself, continually listens to and learns from nature" (p. 354).Read more ›
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This is a very important book by one of today's leading Christian Ethicist. Professor Larry Rasmussen, The Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas Martinez
Rasmussen's best! A great gift to the church and America. It brings it all together . . .Published 9 months ago by John W. Matthews
A lot of information to think about. Very timely considering the present world problems. Makes me wonder where Life on Earth is headed!Published 16 months ago by LeRoy Kline
An interesting read. Covers all the environmental issues with extensive references to other works. I was hoping for more spiritual context - but the spiritual content was hit and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by William Delia