Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation

Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation

Paperback Resources for Reconciliation

By (author) Fred Bahnson, By (author) Professor of Theology and Ecology Norman Wirzba, Foreword by Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 178 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830834575
  • ISBN 13: 9780830834570
  • Sales rank: 366,173

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God is reconciling all things in heaven and on earth. We are alienated not only from one another, but also from the land that sustains us. Our ecosystems are increasingly damaged, and human bodies are likewise degraded. Most of us have little understanding of how our energy is derived or our food is produced, and many of our current industrialized practices are both unhealthy for our bodies and unsustainable for the planet. Agriculturalist Fred Bahnson and theologian Norman Wirzba declare that in Christ, God reconciles all bodies into a peaceful, life-promoting relationship with one another. Because human beings are incarnated in material, bodily existence, we are necessarily interdependent with plants and animals, land and sea, heaven and earth. The good news is that redemption is cosmic, with implications for agriculture and ecology, from farm to dinner table. Bahnson and Wirzba describe communities that model cooperative practices of relational life, with local food production, eucharistic eating and delight in God's provision. Reconciling with the land is a rich framework for a new way of life. Read this book to start down the path to restoring shalom and experiencing Jesus' kingdom of shared abundance, where neighbors are fed and all receive enough.

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Bahnson and Wirzba have written a book that is thoroughly Christian, offering inspiration to many of us who seek to understand what on earth (literally) God would have us do. But the book's apologetic value cannot be underestimated. It unfolds the riches of Christian teaching, tradition, experience, and reflection that makes it accessible to those outside the faith. They drive all of us to consider the actual ancient stumbling blocks of Jesus' humanity and his bodily resurrection, and they offer hope."--Rusty Pritchard, PRISM Magazine, September/October 2012