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Nature Reborn: The Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology

Nature Reborn

The Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology

H. Paul Santmire (Author)


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Santmire's much-acclaimed The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology documented the unfortunate legacy of many Christian theological notions in the use, abuse, and destruction of the natural world, along with its positive aspects. This new brief, but penetrating, look at Christian theological concepts of nature returns to the fray, this time to reclaim classic, mostly pre-modern Christian themes and re-envision them in light of the global environmental and cultural crisis.

This revisionist work—"to revise the classical Christian story in order to identify and to celebrate its ecological and cosmic promise"—mines Christian cosmology (the Great Chain of Being), Christology, Creation, and Eucharist, so that the Christian "story" can be then rediscovered (history), reshaped (theology), re-experienced (spirituality), and re-enacted (ritual).
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800632342
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 168
  • Publication Date June 23, 2000


"After three decades of reflection on the human relationship with nature and the ways in which Christian theology can resource a renewal of that relationship, Paul Santmire has produced a book that shows a theology matured over time.

"Newcomers to this area of ecological theology will be rewarded by the author's ability to summarize clearly and briefly the work of other writers in this field. ... He also rewards the reader with a clear sense of the path the theological debate in its North American form has taken over the last few decades. ...

"In its later chapters the book takes on a more personal and narrative style. ... These later chapters also articulate astute reflections on the Christian understandings of such central subjects as death and Eucharist."
— Neil Darragh, University of Auckland Anglican Theological Review (spring 2001)

Table of Contents

  1. Revising the Classical Christian Story: The Theological Challenge before Us.
  2. Reclaiming the Story Historically: Beyond the Ecological Critique.
  3. Rediscovering the Story Biblically: Beyond Anthropocentric Interpretations.
  4. Retelling the Story Narratively: Beyond Evolutionary Anthropocentrism.
  5. Reenvisioning the Story Interpersonally: Beyond Anthropocentric Personalism
  6. Reenacting the Story Ritually: Beyond the Milieu of the Gothic Spirit
  7. Reexperiencing the Story Spiritually: Beyond the Ecology of Death.
  8. Reliving the Story Ethically: A Personal Testament of Nature Reborn.