Nature and altering it /
Allen Verhey.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., c2010.
x, 150 p.
9780802865489 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., c2010.
9780802865489 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
"Nature" : what is it? : sixteen senses and still counting -- "Every ethos implies a mythos" -- The problem of arrogance : reading Scripture regarding nature : a response to the accusation of Lynn White, Jr. -- An alternative mythos and ethos : revisiting the Christian story -- From narrative to practices, prophecy, wisdom : analysis, and policy -- Appendix A : a note on typologies for the relation of God and nature -- Appendix B : a note on typologies for the relation of nature and humanity.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Allen Verhey is professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School. His previous books include Remembering Jesus: Christian Community; Scripture, and the Moral Life and Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-06-01:
Citing the suggestion of Max Oelschlaeger (Caring for Creation, CH, Sep'94, 32-0265) that churches represent the best institutional hope for engendering a new environmental ethos, Verhey (Duke Divinity School) offers a work that explores an appropriate interpretive framework for how churches might construe a biblical understanding of nature and its alteration in human affairs. This book is derived from the Jellema Lectures delivered at Calvin College in 2008. Chapters range from "'Nature': What Is It? Sixteen Senses and Still Counting" to "From Narrative to Practices, Prophecy, Wisdom, Analysis, and Policy." These lectures seem more sermonic than scholarly when compared to the Gifford Lectures of Charles Taylor, e.g., A Secular Age (CH, Mar'08, 45-3741). Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals/practitioners in evangelical Christian colleges and seminaries. R. Severson National College of Natural Medicine
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Main Description
In this penetrating book Allen Verhey deftly unpacks the underlying human narratives or "myths" through which Western culture perceives "nature," and he presents the biblical narrative as an alternative story that can help shape a very different ethos for "nature and altering it." Although Christian Scripture has often been accused of nurturing arrogance toward nature, Verhey looks at the Bible in a way that moves beyond those accusations and demonstrates the value of the Christian narrative for contemporary ecological ethics. Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
It is true - and troubling - that we humans are increasingly able to control and manipulate nature in many ways. In this book ethicist Allen Verhey addresses that reality and shows why we need to bring a fresh Christian voice into today's ecological debate.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
"Nature": What Is It? Sixteen Senses and Still Countingp. 1
"Every Ethos Implies a Mythos"p. 13
The Problem of Arrogance: Reading Scripture Regarding Nature - A Response to the Accusation of Lynn White, Jr.p. 47
An Alternative Mythos and Ethos: Revisiting the Christian Storyp. 63
From Narrative to Practices, Prophecy, Wisdom, Analysis, and Policyp. 119
A Note on Typologies for the Relation of God and Naturep. 134
A Note on Typologies for the Relation of Nature and Humanityp. 136
Name Indexp. 143
Subject Indexp. 146
Scripture Indexp. 149
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