Cambridge Companion to Christianity and the Environment



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.  


Crystal Addey (University College Cork)

Robin Attfield (Cardiff)

Emily Brady (Texas A&M)

Andrew Davison (Cambridge)

Fiona Ellis (Roehampton)

Alexander J. B. Hampton (Toronto)

Douglas Hedley (Cambridge)

Jörg Lauster (LMU-Munich)

Nathan Lyons (Notre Dame Australia, Sydney)

Sean McGrath (Memorial)

Michael Northcott (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

Willemien Otten (Chicago)

Kellie Robertson (Maryland)
Jame Schaefer (Marquette)

Jacob Sherman (CIIS)
Mark R. Stoll (Texas Tech)

Charles Taliaferro (St Olaf)

Laura Dassow Walls (Notre Dame)


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

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