Environmentalism and the Bible: What Scripture Says about Creation and Why It Matters

by Sandra L Richter

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Retail: $16.95
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 142
Pub Date: July 2019
ISBN: 9781683070245
ISBN-13: 9781683070245
Item Number: 070245
Categories: Biblical Studies and Interpretation; Christian Living

Product Description

The church is both deeply conflicted about and deeply invested in the issue of environmentalism. Christians are looking for answers—not ones that come via a particular political party or elitist behavior, but rather biblical-theological responses to a topic that continues to show up in their schools, in their neighborhoods, and across their planet. The purpose of this brief, focused, and accessible book is to reach the typical American Christian on the issue of the moral character of creation care.

Each chapter works through an aspect of creation care as it is addressed in the biblical text, fully explaining the topic via the socioeconomic and historical context of a given passage. The final chapter is dedicated to the question of “how to respond”—it offers reasonable responses that the American can implement in America, and it also opens the reader’s eyes to environmental missions and its tremendous potential for the good of the gospel and the world.

The beauty of this book is that it transforms material that has seemed hopelessly political and conflicted into a narrative of a topic that is simply biblical. It is a succinct, robustly biblical treatment of environmentalism that serves as a manifesto for a Christian response: “This is why we care.”

Chapter topics include:
• Why has the church gotten lost on this topic?
• A history of environmentalism and religion
• Whose land is it anyway? Israel and their landlord
• Domestic creatures and creation care
• Wild creatures and creation care
• Creation care and the widow and the orphan
• The new covenant and stewardship
• Resources for the responsive Christian
• How then should we live?

Author Bio

Sandra L. Richter, PhD, is a graduate of Valley Forge University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Harvard University. She is internationally recognized for her work in Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, and is a veteran of many years of leading student groups in archaeological excavation and historical geography. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wesley Biblical Seminary, and Wheaton College. The author of The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and a number of related curriculums, she is also an extremely popular speaker and teacher. Her publications include ,i>The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology: lešakkēn šemô šām in the Bible and the Ancient Near East (BZAW 318; Berlin: deGruyter, 2002); “What’s Money Got to Do With It? Economics and the Question of the Provenance of Deuteronomy in the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods,” Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research (ed. Matthias Armgardt, Benjamin Kilchör, and Markus Zehnder; BZAR 22; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2019); “The Question of Provenance and the Economics of Deuteronomy,” JSOT 42.1 (2017): 23–50; “The Archaeology of Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim and Why It Matters,” in Sepher Torath Mosheh: Studies in the Composition and Interpretation of Deuteronomy (ed. Daniel Block and Richard Schultz; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2017), 304–37. She also has a forthcoming book entitled The Fifth Gospel: A Christian Entry into the Book of Isaiah.