CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO CHRISTIANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 PUBLICATION | AUGUST 2022 | CAMBRIDGE

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The radical alteration of the state of the planet by anthropogenic factors has prompted a deeper critical awareness and active engagement of our inherited collective conceptualisation of the natural environment and our place within it. Increasingly this critical awareness questions the deeply-embedded concepts that structure the human-nature relationship itself. To address environmental crisis therefore involves not just scientific knowledge and technological solutions, but also a critical understanding, and re-evaluation of the cultural and civilizational framework in which these are deployed. This addition to the authoritative Cambridge Companion series brings together eighteen international experts to consider the role of religion in the western tradition in forming our collective global concept of nature. In doing so, it will offer both a historical and conceptual resource for understanding our problematic relationship with the environment, and an intellectual resource for reconceptualizing nature and the place of humans within it.  

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Introduction

Alexander J. B. Hampton 


 

PART I: CONCEPTS 

Naturalism, Supernaturalism, and our Concern for Nature

Fiona Ellis, University of Roehampton

From Disenchantment to Enchantment: Mind, Nature, and the Divine Spirit

Jörg Lauster, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

 

Human and Nonhuman Animals from Secular and Sacred Perspectives

Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College 

 

Anthropocentrism, Biocentrism, Stewardship and Co-creation 

Robin Attfield, Cardiff University

 

Participation and Nature in Christian Theology

Andrew Davison, University of Cambridge

 

The Book of Nature

Jacob Holsinger Sherman, California Institute of Integral Studies


 

PART II: HISTORIES 

 

Environmental Perspectives in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Religion

Crystal Addey, University of Cork

 

Medieval Nature and the Environment

Kellie Robertson, University of Maryland

Natural Philosophy in Early Modernity

Nathan Lyons, University of Notre Dame (Sydney)

 

Protestantism, Environmentalism, and Limits to Growth 

Mark Stoll, Texas Tech University 

 

Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Ecological Thought 

Laura Dassow Walls, Notre Dame University (South Bend)

Contemporary Religious Ecology

Sean J. McGrath, Memorial University

PART III: ENGAGEMENTS 

The Sublime and Wonder  

Emily Brady, Texas A& M University

Religious Traditions and Ecological Knowledge

Michael S. Northcott, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Venerating Earth: Three Sacramental Perspectives 

Jame Schaefer, Marquette University

Nature and Aesthetics: Methexis, Mimēsis and Poiēsis

Alexander J.B. Hampton, University of Toronto 

 

Sophia and the World Soul

Douglas Hedley, University of Cambridge

 

Creation and Gender: A Theological Appraisal

Willemien Otten, University of Chicago 

Index

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Contributors at the initial workshop, held online during the early stages of the pandemic.