A New Climate for Christology

A New Climate for Christology : Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature

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For decades, Sallie McFague lent her voice and her theological imagination to addressing and advocating for the most important issues of our time. In doing so, she influenced an entire generation and empowered countless people in their efforts to put religion in the service of meeting human needs in difficult times.

In this final book, finished in the year before her death in 2019, McFague summarizes the work of a lifetime with a clear call to live in ""such a way that all might flourish."" The way, she argues, is the ""kenotic interpretation of Christianity: the odd arrangement whereby in order to gain your life, you must lose it. The way of the cross is total self-emptying so that one can receive life, real life, and then pass this life on.""

A masterful and life-giving summing-up of a theology that makes a profound difference for us, our communities, and our planet.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.7mm | 318g
  • Fortress Press,U.S.
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1506478735
  • 9781506478739
  • 1,927,301

Table of contents

PROLOGUE: Turning Points and Climate Change

INTRODUCTION: Kenosis, Christ, and Climate Change

1. The Kenotic Stories of Jesus and God

2. Postmodern Insights for Climate Change

3. Relational Ontology

4. God as Friend and We as Friends of the World

5. Christian Theology in View of Kenosis, Theosis, and Postmodernism

APPENDIX: Reflections on Kenosis



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"A breathtaking--and breath-giving--regeneration of the ancient symbol of kenosis as a rigorously ecological practice." --Catherine Keller, Drew, The Theological School

"The late Sallie McFague left us with yet one more amazing gift. In her usual inimitable, clear, and compelling prose, McFague offers Christians a response to the existential threat that climate change poses to our planet and all of its inhabitants." --Ellen T. Armour, Vanderbilt Divinity School

"The insightful challenge McFague gives in A New Climate for Christology demands our full consideration." --Miguel de la Torre, Iliff School of Theology

"Sallie McFague's last gift to theological discourse should spur Christians to think realistically about our relatedness to other species and systems of Earth and to act responsibly to mitigate the climate crisis." --Jame Schaefer, Marquette University
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