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Bible and Ecology - Rediscovering the Community of Creation [Paperback]

Richard Bauckham

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22 May 2010
In this well-argued and timely book, Bauckham considers the relationship of humans to the rest of creation. He argues that there is much more to the Bible s understanding of this relationship than the mandate of human dominion given in Genesis 1, which has too often been used as a justification for domination and exploitation of the earth s resources.

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Richard Bauckham (MA, PhD Cantab, FBA; FRSE) was until 2007 Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St Andrews. He has recently retired in order to concentrate on research and writing, and is Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor at St Mellitus College in London. He has written Jesus and the Eye-Witnesses (winner of the 2009 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing), and Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Community of Creation 7 Feb 2011
By Edward Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Bauckhaum reviews virtually all the biblical material that relates to the natural world. His focus is on the relationship of human beings to creation. Instead of humans being the apex of creation, he suggests that humans are part of creation, not above it but within it. Humans have an ethical responsibility to care for creation not rule it and use it for human purposes.

To support these ideas, Bauckham analyzes Genesis 1 and Job 38-41, showing how the authors of these works place humans along side the rest of creation. He then looks at Psalm 104 and Psalm 148 as paradigms of how non-human creation glorifies God in its own right. Creation's praise of God becomes a model of praise for the human world to emulate.

Some of Baukham's most helpful material discusses the biblical concept of wilderness. Rather than a dangerous, empty, and frightening place, it is simply the natural world that is not cultivated, a non-humnaized nature with a value of its own.

Baukham concludes by pointing out that Jesus joined the community of creation. He will ultimatley triumph over the forces of chaos in creation and then bring healing to the human relationship with all of creation.

I looked at a number of books on the topic of the Biblical view of the environment. Baukham's stood out from the others by its solid biblical perspective and its readability. The material is exegetically based and the speculations and interpretations are labeled as such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars States that humanity must seek reconciliation not only with God but the rest of the creatures of creation 14 Feb 2011
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What is the place of religion in environmental concerns? "The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation" states that humanity must seek reconciliation not only with God but the rest of the creatures of creation to find a balance with the environment. Stating that human dominion has been exploited and is not necessarily God's plan, "The Bible and Ecology" brings faith into the environmental debates and comes to readers with a thoughtful and highly recommended addition to the discussion.
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