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For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care (Engaging Culture) Paperback – April 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0801036958 ISBN-10: 080103695X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Engaging Culture
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080103695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801036958
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the Beauty of the Earth provides the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care. Arguing that authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience, Steven Bouma-Prediger urges Christians to acknowledge their responsibility and privilege as stewards of the earth. The second edition has been substantially revised and updated with the latest scientific and environmental research.

Praise for the first edition

"This book is both straightforward and subversive, a clarion call to extend the witness of our faith to the glory of all creation. You may pick it up casually, but you will put it down committed to doing something about these most urgent of all problems."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"An important book. Steven Bouma-Prediger combines theological depth with ecological savvy to issue a profound call to environmental discipleship. He makes his case in a way that both informs and inspires!"--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Bouma-Prediger has succeeded in directing onto his topic useful information drawn from scientific as well as biblical and theological authorities. Yet he effectively uses lists, charts, and vivid examples to make this learned book thoroughly accessible. . . . An excellent book."--W. Sibley Towner, Interpretation

"In a creative fashion, [Bouma-Prediger] calls attention to the world of nature that surrounds us as well as the dangers inherent in present practices that need the attention of all Christians. . . . [This book] is, without question, scientifically and theologically sound."--H. Newton Malony, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

"Perhaps the most insightful evangelical work published on the topic of environmentalism, Bouma-Prediger's book is both academically substantial yet very readable. . . . This is an important book that Christians who are serious about discipleship should read."--Mark Liederbach, Faith & Mission

"A tour de force. . . . For the Beauty of the Earth covers many bases in an attractive way not only for undergraduates but also church members wondering why faithful discipleship requires ecological obedience."--Robert B. Kruschwitz, Perspectives in Religious Studies

About the Author

Steven Bouma-Prediger (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the author of The Greening of Theology: The Ecological Models of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Joseph Sittler, and Jürgen Moltmann. He is the co-author of Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Non-human Creatures and the Endangered Species Act (with Virginia Vroblesky) and Evocations of Grace: The Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics (with Peter Bakken).

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Steven Bouma-Prediger is Professor of Religion and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. A graduate of Hope College, his Ph.D. is in religious studies from The University of Chicago.

His most recent book is For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care, revised second edition. The first edition received an Award of Merit by Christianity Today as one of the books of the year for 2001. Other books include Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, co-authored with Brian Walsh, Evocations of Grace, co-edited with Peter Bakken, Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Non-Human Creatures and the Endangered Species Act, co-authored with Virginia Vroblesky, and The Greening of Theology: The Ecological Models of Rosemary Reuther, Joseph Sittler, and Juergen Moltmann.

He has won numerous teaching awards, including being voted by Hope's class of 1999 to receive the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator Award, being chosen in 2001 by the student body to receive Hope's Outstanding Faculty Award, and being selected in 2008 by the Hope chapter of Mortar Board to give a "Last Lecture."

His wife, Celaine, is a marriage and family therapist and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. They have three girls--Anna, Chara, and Sophia--and many pets.

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By Toby Mea on November 30, 2014
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While I do not agree on every detail, Steven Bouma-Prediger forms a compelling rationale to make Christians rethink and consider the congruency of caring for the Earth and their faith.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hc on March 12, 2014
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This is a deep book, it doesn't treat anything superficially.
My only problem with the book is that it claims that our natural world will be saved with Jesus' second coming and that Jesus died for animals as well as people.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric O on October 25, 2012
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I'm not sure that I agree with all of the facts, figures and conclusions, but the author's heart is in the right place and I do agree with the general theme.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terry E. Meyers on September 11, 2010
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I loved the book! It was used but the condition was as the seller described it and the price was worth it.
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