Norman Habel, David Rhoads and H. Paul Santmire, editors
Fortress Press, 2011
Representatives from a number of denominations that use the lectionary and traditional church year in their worship have developed an additional "season" that celebrates God as Creator. The first half of the commentary reflects theologically on what it means to worship with creation. The second half provides commentary that highlights creation themes in the texts chosen for the three cycles of four Sundays each in the Season of Creation.
by Steven Bouma-Prediger Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing House, 2010.
This accessible but thorough book is one of our staples here at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, one of MCCN’s sponsoring organizations. We plan to use it in an undergrad course we are presently planning. The book lays out the basic environmental problems of our era and then asks questions such as, “What is the connection between scripture and ecology?” and “What hope does faith offer?” The author teaches theology and ethics at Hope College, Holland, MI.
David G. Horrell, Cheryl Hunt, Christopher Southgate, eds.
T&T Clark, 2010
This collection of essays provides a welcome balance for those who want to read the Bible through green eyes but also recognize that this ancient document does not fit neatly into anyone’s ideological categories. The editors value both faithfulness to the Christian tradition and creativity that speaks to contemporary needs.
In the introduction, the editors do an excellent job of laying out the landscape of recent attempts to read the Bible in light of environmental distress. The section that follows surveys the texts and sections of the Bible that figure most prominently in current discussions. A second section is devoted to the history of interpretation, revisiting figures such as Martin Luther and Thomas Aquinas, whose context was very different but who might still aid our thinking.
Essays in the third section attempt to define an appropriate hermeneutical method for ecotheology. “How, when the exegetical, theological, personal and political tasks are fused in a Christian response to the ecological crisis, can the Bible function to transform human practice, imagination, spirit, in ways that further authentic
peace, authentic hope?” asks Christopher Southgate, who wrote the introduction to this section.
Ecological Hermeneutics is not bedtime reading, but it is an engaging volume for those who preach or those who wish to understand what is going on in the eco-theological wing of biblical studies.§ - Jennifer Schrock