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Our Father's World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation Paperback – April 24, 2008
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Well-written and persuasive, Brown's book takes a hard look at the current crisis, but also expresses optimism that Christians can and will change the world. (Publisher's Weekly, March 3, 2008)
Gbriwn presents a theologically grounded, scientifically informed, faith community approach to caring for creation. (Sonia Urban, Youth Worker Journal, November/December 2008)
. . .the book's emphasis on the Church is a breath of fresh air in the stagnant, prevailing culture of individualism - a philosophy that has contributed greatly to the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves. (Chris Smith, Englewood Review of Books, July 25, 2008)
"Brown's elegant book brings to brilliant life the new Christian concern with the environment." (Henry L. Carrigan, ForeWord Magazine, May/June 2008)
"Brown is the Christian version of Al Gore. He shares with believers an inconvenient truth that we are sinners in need of redemption. Our Father's World deserves to be strongly considered by anyone who wants to join God in what He is doing in the earth." (C. E. Moore on The Christian Manifesto (thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com), April 24, 2008)
"Well-written and persuasive, Brown's book takes a hard look at the current crisis, but also expresses optimism that Christians can and will change the world." (Publishers Weekly, March 3, 2008)
"Ed Brown makes the case for why the church is the last, best hope for response to this defining issue of the twenty-first century. . . . Our Father's World is our clarion call." (From the foreword by Ed Johnson, President, Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies)
"Our Father's World offers a marvelous contribution to the evangelical creation care movement. The book is simultaneously intellectual and practical. The first half of the book offers a rather comprehensive recasting of core biblical theology themes in a remarkably accessible way. It shows the potential for mainstreaming creation care concerns into evangelical theology, which is crucial for the future of creation care among us. The second half of the book turns in a very practical direction, offering a thoughtful and thorough treatment of action steps for Christian care of creation. What I most appreciate about the book is Brown's recognition that ultimately the crisis in God's creation is a spiritual problem, a failure to live rightly before and with God and neighbor, and therefore it requires a profoundly spiritual solution. This means that the church, more than the state, holds the key to the human future. An excellent book." (David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, and President, Evangelicals for Human Rights)
"Our Father's World helps identify some of the most pressing moral questions of our age: Is there an environmental crisis? If there is, why should we care and what should we do about it? Turning to the living Bible for answers, Ed Brown helps church leaders become better stewards of God's creation. A valuable addition to the growing creation care movement, Our Father's World offers a message of hope and redemption: 'though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.'" (J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D., author of Serve God, Save the Planet, executive director, A Rocha USA)
"Our Father's World clearly lays out how mistreatment of the physical world around us is the result of sin, how care of God's creation is a biblical mandate and how the church, the corporate body of believers around the world, can bring about significant change. The issues this book addresses are vitally important for Christians today." (Jim Tebbe, director of the Urbana Student Missions Convention and vice president of missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)
"This is an important book that should be on every pastor's shelf and in every church library. Creation today is crying out for the church to begin preaching and practicing the full biblical message of stewardship." (Joseph K. Sheldon, professor of biology and environmental science, Messiah College)
"This book is a remarkable combination of a broad spectrum of the environmental crisis in the world today coupled with a deep understanding of God's desire for his creation as developed in the Scriptures. It is full of well-written illustrations that show what the church (universal) and the church (local) need to do to obey God's commands and desires for his world. I highly recommend this book as both easily readable yet profound in its challenge to Christians and others today." (David M. Howard, former president, Latin America Mission)
"Our Father's World is a beautiful and inspiring book. I will keep it on hand both for consultation and reference. When I first opened it, the question on my mind was, 'Will evangelicals read it?' As I approached the close, the question became, 'Will secular environmentalists read it?' They need to read it, and understand the power Christianity has to help save the living environment--not just in voting numbers, but also out of strength from spirituality and rational argument." (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, author of Consilience and The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth)
"Our Father's World brings an important international perspective from one who has spent a lifetime involved in evangelical missionary efforts. . . . Brown marshals arguments from Scripture to persuade Christian readers that environmental stewardship should have been part of the mission of the church all along." (Andy Crouch, in Books & Culture)
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The book is in two basic sections: The Message, "Why the Church Must Care for Creation"; and The Mission, "Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation," and without a doubt, we need to do this together. I love his words at the end of chapter 6, Ambassadors of Redemption: "It's this very hybrid character of the church that allows it to bring something unique to the real problems of the environmental crisis. The church can deliver spiritual power to practical problems."
Brown comes from a relatively conservative evangelical background rather than a fundamentalist or mainline one, but I cannot imagine any person of any or no faith tradition not appreciating his analysis and his ideas for helping solve the crisis. This is a book for all generations!
1: It's easy to read -- (Ed's undergrad degree is in English, and he's a skilled and engaging writer.)
2: It's spiritual attitude is respectful, never hectoring, and knowledgeable. (Ed's first career was as a pastor, and his view of the Bible is learned, introspective, and reality-based.)
3: It's scientifically sound (Ed's clearly studied these issues carefully and has achieved a comprehensive understanding of the environmental issues that he summarizes cogently. This expertise may not be visible to the non-expert.)
4: Both christians and seculars view science as outside theology. We fail as christians to allow the facts of this world to inform and enrich our understanding of scripture. This book repairs this torn intellectual fabric. The Earth is a temple of God, and we are slowly razing it.
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Excellent book. The study questions on the website are very helpful too.Published 10 days ago by Andrew M. Hartley
The focus of Ed Brown's book is how to live in harmony with the planet, including its other creatures. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by M. Brown
I read the reviews and the first three chapters and think this is approriate for our church book club for the month of Febrauary..I will let you know how it goes...thanksPublished on January 30, 2013 by Natalie bosscher
Excerpted from my review of Our Father's World on SustainLane.com - Brown believes that the church has the ability to greatly impact the world with God's love in action, but it is... Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Cris Bisch