Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology

Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis

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An Evangelical Introduction to Creation Care

"Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology is a wonderful new addition to the field. Combining scientific data, personal stories, and careful theological analysis, the authors draw readers into the goodness and pain of God's world and invite them to develop a wholesome response as an act of Christian discipleship. Christians and congregations will learn much and benefit greatly from this book."
--Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

"An excellent addition to the literature on Christians and creation care. This book provides a biblically rooted and historically informed discussion of important theological and ethical issues, from a distinctly evangelical point of view, with an illuminating discussion of embodied down-to-earth living. It is thorough, well-organized, and well-written. Moreover, it exhibits wide reading and is chock-full of wisdom. I pray many will read this book and be inspired to bear witness to God's good future of shalom."
--Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College; author of For the Beauty of the Earth

"Sometimes you have no idea how much you needed something until it appears. Here is a desperately needed resource for the church where debates about what it means to theologize and ecologize--with the customary cries to apologize, economize, harmonize, decentralize, localize--sound more like sacks of cats than choral evensong."
--Leonard Sweet, bestselling author, professor (Drew University), and chief contributor to Sermons.com

"Vital and timely. Meets a clear need. Deepens the church's witness on behalf of creation. One could use all of these phrases to describe this important book. But even more important are the clarity, conviction, and passionate engagement with the Bible, the church, and their relationship with the earth that Brunner, Butler, and Swoboda bring to this emerging priority for Christians. This volume will equip and empower pastors and lay leaders alike to develop a faithful ecotheology and to put belief into action."
--Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director, GreenFaith

Contributors

Daniel L. Brunner, Author

Daniel L. Brunner (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of Christian history and formation at Portland Seminary where he founded and directs the Christian earthkeeping program.

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Jennifer L. Butler, Author

Jennifer L. Butler (MDiv, Portland Seminary) is associate minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis, Oregon, and an adjunct instructor in the Christian earthkeeping program at Portland Seminary.

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A. J. Swoboda, Author

A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) pastors Theophilus Church in urban Portland, Oregon. He is executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, a consortium of Christian higher education institutions dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical call to care for God's creation. Swoboda also teaches biblical studies, theology, and church history at Portland Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, among others. He is an award-winning author or editor of nine books and speaks regularly at conferences, retreats, churches, and seminars. Visit his website and blog at www.ajswoboda.com.

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DANIEL BRUNNER, Author