A simple yet superb explanation of why Christians should be environmentalists, God Is Green shows, through the Bible and other ancient writings, how at the heart of Christian belief is a sense of a sacred world. By rebutting the charges against Christianity--its alleged arrogance toward nature and its glorification of man at nature's expense--Bradley has crafted a book that both appeals and challenges.
Author: Katharine K. Wilkinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2012-04-01
Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care. Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists. Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.
Author: Paul Gilk
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2012-09-21
In the early 1970s, living in inner-city St. Louis, Paul Gilk asked his friends to explain why small farms were dying. The answers did not satisfy. Years of study followed. Through the reading of history, Gilk began to grasp the origins of both horticulture and agriculture, their blossoming into Neolithic agrarian village culture, and the impoundment of the agrarian village by bandit "aristocrats" at the formation of what we now call civilization. Getting a grip on the relationship between agriculture and civilization was one thing; but, as a person strongly influenced by Gospel stories, Gilk also wanted to know what the connection might be between the "kingdom of God" proclamation in the canonical Gospels and the peasant world from which Jesus arose. Aided in his thinking by the works of biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, Gilk began to realize that the "kingdom of God" was both a harkening back to the peace and freedom of precivilized agrarian village and a revolutionary anticipation of a postcivilized village-mindedness organized organically on the basis of radical servanthood and radical stewardship. We are, Gilk says, entering the dawn of this Green culture simultaneously with the deepening of civilized world disaster.
Author: Garrett Green
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 1998
Garrett Green examines the point at which divine revelation and human experience meet, where the priority of grace is acknowledged while allowing its dynamics to be described in analytical and comparative terms as a religious phenomenon.
Author: Adrian Michael Hough
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
Release Date: 1997
A thought-provoking account challenging the idea that Christianity has little to say in the ecological arena. Explores the ways in which traditional Christian teaching and practice provide an adequate response to the ecological issues now facing the planet. The author seeks to make sense of the causes and possible solutions to the current environmental crisis while pointing out important consequences for the Church, its ethics, and liturgy.
Author: Mark I. Wallace
Publisher: Fortress Press
Release Date: 2005-03-04
We live in an age of vast and rapid destruction of habitats and species. Yet Christianity holds great potential for healing this situation. Indeed, the Bible and Christian tradition are a treasure trove of rich images and stories about God as an "earthen" being who sustains the natural world with compassion and thereby models for humankind environmentally healthy ways of being.Mark Wallace's stimulating book retrieves a central but often neglected biblical theme - the idea of God as carnal Spirit who indwells all things - as the basis for constructing a "green spirituality" responsive to the environmental needs of our time.In the biblical tradition, he writes, God as Spirit is an ecological presence that shows itself to us daily by living in and through the earth. One message of Christianity, therefore, is celebration of the bodily, material world - ancient redwoods, vernal springs, broad-winged hawks, everyday pigweed - as the place that God indwells and cares for in order to maintain the well-being of our common planetary home.Alongside his green reading of the Bible and tradition, Wallace employs the resources of deep ecology, Neopagan spirituality, and the environmental justice movement to rethink Christianity as an earth-based, body-loving religion. He also analyzes color images reproduced in the book. Wallace's bold yet careful work reawakens our sense of the sacrality of the earth and the life that the trinitarian God creates there. It also grounds the impulses of New Age spirituality in a profoundly biblical notion of God's being and activity.
The Bible is bursting with teaching about nature: how God created it, how humans fit into it, and how it is part of his big story of justice, love and redemption. But what does the Bible have to say about the environmental issues that face us? These seven Bible studies explore such questions as: How well rooted are you in God's creation?, Can you take your ethics to the shops?, Does what you eat really make a difference?, Is an environmentally friendly lifestyle just too painful to contemplate?
Author: Jonathan Merritt
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2010-04-21
In GREEN LIKE GOD, Jonathan Merritt gently and insightfully observes that the bible has a lot to say about environmental problems like unclean water, material waste, over consumption, air pollution, and global warming. In fact, Jonathan writes that "in the book of Genesis, God went green and never looked back." Relying heavily on scripture, Jonathan gives the case for green living, but not because it's trendy and hip. Rather, it's part of living rightly as a believer. It's an act of obedience to our Creator-God. GREEN LIKE GOD is at once practical, prescriptive, and conversational in tone. The author looks at a number of trends with tips to help the reader wade into the world of creation care living. An appendix includes suggestions of things we can do. In addition, the book includes interviews with everyday Christians to tell the story of the journey to environmental stewardship among people of faith. This is the book that Christians are longing for and need today. Written for a new generation of Christians who are struggling with how to deal with the important issue of creation-care and green living, GREEN LIKE GOD is both highly relevant and theologically sound. It will have a profound impact on how Christians live and interact with the world today.
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Publisher: Galaxy Press LLC
Release Date: 2014-03-22
Tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death; things are getting really nasty for Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval intelligence. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within—the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, The Green God, has been stolen. Convinced he is hot on the trail of the jade deity, he is relentless in its pursuit. But finding it pales in comparison with what he has to face in order to bring it back intact—getting out of a suffocating coffin, eluding Chinese torture and escaping a crazed bloodthirsty mob. He finds himself walking on a razor’s edge between worship and warfare—between a touch of heaven and the taste of hell. As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region as well as the criminal trade in sacred objects. It was on this experience that he based The Green God, which was his first professional sale, published in February, 1934—the beginning of a very remarkable and prolific writing career. Also includes the adventure Five Mex for a Million, in which an American Army captain, falsely accused of murder, finds himself taking on the Chinese government, a powerful Russian general, and a mysterious, unexpected passenger.
Activist Ben Lowe calls the present generation to come together and care for the earth in a way that recent generations have not. Telling real-life stories of community organizing on college campuses across the nation, Lowe shows us that little things can make a big difference when we all work together.
Author: Alberto Ravinell Whitney Green
Release Date: 2003
"The Storm-god was a deity common to every culture in the ancient Near East. In this comprehensive study of the literature, iconography (seals, monuments), and myths related to the Storm-god in its various guises, Alberto Green attempts a new synthesis of the available data. He finds that the Storm-god was the force primarily responsible for three areas of human concern: (1) religious power, because he was the ever-dominant environmental force upon which peoples depended for their lives; (2) centralized political power; and (3) continuously evolving sociocultural processes, which typically were projected through the Storm-god's attendants. Green traces these motifs through the Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Syrian, and Levantine regions; he argues that, in the end, Yahweh of the Bible can be identified as a storm-god, though certain unique characteristics came to be associated with him: he was the creator of all that is created and the self-existing god who needs no other."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Charles Green
Publisher: Charisma Media
Release Date: 2012-07-06
Reading the Bible is one of the most important disciplines for Christian growth, but for many believers Bible study can evoke an array of emotions-from awe to frustration to agony. The numerous translations, parables, types, and shadows add further dismay. Author and Bible teacher Charles Green says that studying the Scriptures doesn't’t have to be intimidating. Green covers topics spanning the covenant of Abraham, the ministries of the church and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Revelation of God and His Word will appeal to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the God’s written Word. Green drafts the book in an easy-to-read style, presenting the Scriptures in layman’s terms for people of all walks of life and educational backgrounds and providing footnotes to key Scriptures under each subject. Among the many topics covered are: The bible and the Theory of Evolution Angel and Demons The Baptism of the Holy spirit The Revelation of God and His Word is a must-read for pastors, leaders, and anyone else who wants to uncover the mysteries of the Bible. An ideal reference tool for individual Bible study or cell groups. About the Author: Charles Green is the president of Harvest Ministries to the World and the founding pastor of Faith Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, a church that grew to over 3,000 people under his leadership. As a member of the board of regents of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Green now serves as chairman of the executive board. He was also one of the founders of the Network of Christian Ministries and served the first five years as chairman of the executive board. He and his wife, Barbara, have two adult children, Michael Green, who now serves as senior pastor of Faith Church in New Orleans, and Cynthia Green Crider, also his executive assistant. They have two grandsons-Geoffrey and Tyler Green.