Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

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Mary L. Coloe
Liturgical Press, 2013 - Nature - 131 pages
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If, as some scholars attest, Christianity has been complicit in the destruction of the environment, then Christianity can and must also have a role in changing human behavior in a way that helps to solve this massive problem. In Creation is Groaning, a set of highly regarded theologians and Scripture scholars offer a theology and spirituality of creation based on principles of eco-justice and environmental responsibility.

Contributors to this volume are Denis Edwards, Antoinette Collins, Dermot Nestor, Laurie Woods, Mary Coloe, and Anthony Kelly. Key elements of their project include:

  • tracing the development of Israel's view of creation through different historical situations and key writings, with a particular focus on what ethical responsibilities toward creation emerge from its theology
  • examining Israel's theology of Sabbath" and its developing understanding of the end time, thus encompassing creation in its origins and its final destiny
  • considering the cosmic impact of the Jesus event as Paul and John understood it

Together, the authors establish a firm foundation for a new ethic that promotes the flourishing of all planetary life and a just global community.

 

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Contents

An Ecological Perspective
19
If Not Now When? The Ecological Potential
33
Romans 81129
57
Creation in the Gospel ofjohn
71
Logos and Cosmos
91
Bibliography
117
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Mary L. Coloe, PBVM, is associate professor of theology at Australian Catholic University, specializing in the Gospel of John. Her books include God Dwells with Us: Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel and Dwelling in the Household of God: Johannine Ecclesiology and Spirituality (both from Liturgical Press).

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