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978-1-4985-3126-9 • Hardback • October 2016 • $93.00 • (£72.00)
978-1-4985-3127-6 • eBook • October 2016 • $88.00 • (£68.00)
Stephen Hastings, PhD, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Chapter One—The Integration of Science in Sacramental Creation Spirituality: Relatedness, Responsibility, Redemption
Chapter Two—The Recovery Of Nature Mysticism in Sacramental Creation Spirituality: The Via Positiva, Panentheism, Sacramentalism
Chapter Three—Teilhard De Chardin and the Case for New Theology in Light of a New Creation Story
Chapter Four—Sacramental Creation Spirituality in Maximus the Confessor and Nicholas of Cusa
Chapter Five—The Coincidence and Convergence of Natural and Eucharistic Sacraments
Chapter Six—The Coincidence and Convergence of Ecological and Eucharistic Ethics in a Consecrated Universe
Conclusion—Whole-Earth Ethics for Holy Ground
Postlude—Sacramental Creation Spirituality in On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis and the Earth Charter
The publication of Christian thinkers’ Earth care and creation care books has been regarded as a welcome, recent addition to efforts to address increasing devastation of our home planet. Whole-Earth Ethics for Holy Ground provides a corrective to that inaccurate historical view: it describes how elements of Christian concern for Earth have developed over millennia; they are evident in the developing sacramental creation thread that integrates the related insights of Maximus the Confessor (7th century), Nicholas of Cusa (15th century), and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (20th century).
Whole-Earth Ethics for Holy Ground brings the sacramental Christian ecological tradition from the past into the present, integrating concepts of natural sacrament and ritual sacrament, and carries it toward the future. In doing so, it waters the seeds of the thinking that promotes the interrelated and interdependent well-being of Earth and the community of all living beings. An insightful contribution to creation consciousness.
— John Hart, Boston University, author of "Cosmic Commons and Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics"
This is a fine, thoughtful contribution to the growing body of work on ecological theology, and a clear, forceful evocation of sacrament as crucial to the work of rekindling our relationship with the natural world.
— Douglas E. Christie, Loyola Marymount University