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Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation by [Daniel G. Deffenbaugh]

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Something is bound to go terribly wrong when so many Christians see the planet as an unimportant holding place where we await salvation; or when preachers and teachers of the faith place too much emphasis on humanity's privileged status without also explaining our responsibilities to tend the garden; or when Christians see God as transcendent but not immanently present in creation. The result, according to religious studies professor Daniel Deffenbaugh, is twofold: an ecological crisis and an 'evident exodus' of ecologically sensitive individuals from churches across the country. (Sojourners)

Deffenbaugh calls Christians back to a reverence for place instead of the traditional eschewing of time on earth coupled with a yearning to be with God in heaven. . . . [He] brings ecology down to earth and challenges the Christian community to develop a new spirituality of place. (Spirituality and Practice)

Learning the Language of the Fields would be more than adequate as a book about a Christian view of ecology and environmental stewardship. And heaven knows we need to be reading those kinds of creation-care books. But it is more. As the back cover states, it 'connects ecology with ritual and spirituality with community.' Deffenbaugh writes in gentle, flowing prose even as he argues forcefully that our aggressive agricultural models have been disastrous. It is a very nice book. (Heartsandmindsbooknotes.Blogspot.Com) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Daniel G. Deffenbaugh teaches a variety of religion courses at Hastings College, in Nebraska. When he is not teaching or writing, Dan enjoys organic gardening, canning and cooking, fly fishing, raising chickens, bird-watching, and playing bluegrass music with his friends. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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