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Creation & the environment : an Anabaptist perspective on a sustainable world

Recent years have seen a shift in the belief that a religious world-view, specifically a Christian one, precludes a commitment to environmentalism. Whether as "stewards of God's creation" or champions of "environmental justice," church members have increasingly found that a strong pro-ecology stand on environmental issues is an integral component of their faith. But not all Christian denominations are latecomers to the issue of environmentalism. In Creation and the Environment Calvin W. Redekop and his co-authors explain the unique environmental position of the Anabaptists, in particular the Mennonites. After a brief survey of the major forces contributing to the word's present ecological crisis, Creation and the Environment explores the uniquely Anabaptist view of our relationship to what they see as the created order. In rural Amish and Mennonite communities, they explain, the environment - especially the "land"--Is considered part of the Kingdom God plans to establish on earth. In this view, the creation is part of the divine order, with the redemption of humankind inextricably linked to the redemption and restoration of the material world. The well-being a purpose of creation and human history are thus seen as completely interdependent. Contributors: Heather Ackley Bean, Claremont Graduate School; Kenton Brubaker, Eastern Mennonite University; Thomas Finger, Claremont Graduate School; Karen Klassen Harder, Bethel College, Kansas; James Harder, Bethel College, Kansas; Lawrence Hart, Cheyenne Cultural Center, Clinton, Oklahoma; Theodore Hiebert, McCormick Theological Seminary; Karl Keener, Pennsylvania State University; Walter Klaassen, Conrad Grebel College; David Kline, Holmes County, Ohio; Calvin W. Redekop, Conrad Grebel College; Mel Schmidt; Dorothy Jean Weaver, Eastern Mennonite University; Michael Yoder, Northwestern College, Iowa
eBook, English, 2000
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2000
1 online resource (xix, 283 pages)
9780801876721, 9780801864223, 9780801864230, 0801876729, 0801864224, 0801864232
Economics, development, and creation / Karen Klassen Harder and James Harder
Science, technology, and creation / Kenton Brubaker
Population density and a sustainable environment / Carl Keener and Calvin Redekop
God's spirit and a theology for living / David Kline
Mennonites, economics, and the care of creation / Michael L. Yoder
The Mennonite political witness to the care of creation / Mel Schmidt
Creation, the fall, and humanity's role in the ecosystem / Theodore Hiebert
The New Testament and the environment : toward a christology for the cosmos / Dorothy Jean Weaver
Pacificism, nonviolence, and the peaceful reign of God / Walter Klaassen
An Anabaptist/Mennonite theology of creation / Thomas Finger
The earth is a song made visible / Lawrence Hart
The challenge to take care of the earth
Toward an Anabaptist/Mennonite environmental ethic / Heather Ackley Bean
The environmental challenge before us / Calvin Redekop
Electronic reproduction, [Place of publication not identified], HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010