Archives For Ecology

 

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The Wake: A Novel
Paul Kingsnorth

Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2015
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Paul Kingsnorth is a writer who founded the Dark Mountain Project by accident one day in the pub and is still dealing with the consequences. The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories that civilization tells itself. Seeing that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, Dark Mountain Project wants our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it. [ Read a NY Times article on DMP ]

As well as being the Project’s editorial director, he is also the author of two books of non-fiction and a collection of poetry, and a new novel.
 
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A Review of

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis
Daniel Brunner, Jennifer Butler, and A.J. Swoboda

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2014
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Reviewed Maria Drews

 

A couple of weeks ago I attended a lecture by Elizabeth Kolbert, a New Yorker staff-writer and author of the New York Times’ Bestseller, The Sixth Extinction. For an hour and a half, she outlined our world’s mounting crises of climate change, ocean acidification, and invasive species. So many of us arrived to hear the undeniably bad news that they scrambled to fill the halls outside of the auditorium with extra seats.

 

A few weeks later, I attended a lecture by journalist Naomi Klein, recent author of This Changes Everything, a journalistic exploration of climate change and capitalism. At the end of her lecture, she stated that she thought climate change was a spiritual crisis. Al Gore had expressed a similar sentiment when he received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, saying, “The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
 
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A Review of

Sustainability: A History

Jeremy Caradonna

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2014
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Reviewed by Taylor Brorby
 
 
 
Sustainability is, for better or worse, the buzzword of our time. Sustainable agriculture. Sustainable city planning. Food sustainability. Business sustainability. A quick Google search yields over 118,000,000 results for the word sustainability. As Jeremy L. Caradonna points out in the introduction to his book, Sustainability: A History, Bill McKibben was most definitely wrong in his New York Times opinion piece in 1996 when  he said sustainability was a “buzzless buzzword” that was “born partly in an effort to obfuscate.”
 
At just over 250 pages, Sustainability: A History, is a book that takes the reader on a historical journey which examines the origin of the word sustainability, the conditions of the Industrial Revolution–which helped bring about the idea of sustainable development–the advent of the modern Environmental Movement, a new view of economics–eco-nomics–and a call-to-arms as the final wrap-up, “The Future: 10 Challenges for Sustainability.”

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Today I stumbled upon the series of E.F. Schumacher Lectures that are available as 99c Kindle bargains!

E.F. Schumacher is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book [easyazon_link asin=”0061997765″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered[/easyazon_link] is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. (via Wikipedia)
 

Wendell Berry gave the inaugural lecture in this series, but unfortunately it is not available in a Kindle Edition.
HOWEVER, you can listen to the full lecture (for FREE) online by CLICKING HERE.

I don’t know if these titles are on sale or if 99c is their standard price…

Here’s a list of the ones that I think are most important, but I highly recommend that you

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– 99c

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A Feature Review of

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters Of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder.

Hardback: Counterpoint, 2014
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Reviewed by Michelle E. Wilbert

 

In the affectionate introduction to this edifying collection of correspondence between novelist, poet, and cultural critic Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, the “Poet Laureate of Deep Ecology,” an essayist, activist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1974 for his book Turtle Island, editor Chad Wriglesworth relays the earliest articulation of the relationship between the two men, found in a short essay sent by Berry to Snyder after his returning home to Kentucky following his first visit to Snyder’s homestead in the San Juan Ridge area of southern California. While offering his observations on their various shared affinities and concerns – land, community, and the sense that “being native to a place” involves examining the questions that would lead to a commitment to arresting the “pattern of imposing human will upon the land” and to living within creaturely limits in conformity to the local ecology – he concluded his reveries by metaphorically extending his hand with the declaration, “We are neighbors—distant neighbors,” and thus began a friendship that has lasted more than 40 years and has been conducted largely through the somewhat lost art of epistolary.

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Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2013
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A Review of

Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community

Leah Kostamo

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2013
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*** The Kindle ebook is on sale for $3.99 for the remainder of May!

Reviewed by Kurt Armstrong

Leah and Markku Kostamo established Canada’s first Christian environmental center more than 12 years ago, an A Rocha site on ten acres of vulnerable land on the Little Campbell Watershed, 30 minutes south of Vancouver, BC. A Rocha (no, not Almond Rocha) is an international Christian conservation society working in 19 countries around the world. Similar to 4th century monastics or today’s New Monastic communities, A Rocha works within abandoned or vulnerable ecosystems, where people give their lives to a particular vision for a particular place. A Rocha uses the tagline “Environmental Stewardship” instead of the more-honest-but-less-professional-sounding “Because We Love This Place.” But Leah Kostamo’s book, Planted, is unmistakably a love story, complete with dreams, romance, frustration, heartache, and fidelity.

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Carol Johnston

Here is the fourth of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the [easyazon-link asin=”0830841148″ locale=”us”]Slow Church book[/easyazon-link] that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Carol Johnston is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis).

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A Feature Review of

A Political Theology of Climate Change
Michael Northcott

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2013
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Reviewed by Spencer Cummins
 
The bombardment of media coverage regarding issues regarding global warming, climate change, and environmental politics assault the modern viewer at every angle.  From progressive to conservative viewpoints, we are facing a crisis as to which voice is most trustworthy and worth our attention.  At the same time, believers of every Christian tradition recognize the need for judicious analysis of the climate change quandary.  Into the mass of connective tissue that holds together climate change politics steps Michael S. Northcott, Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.  His new book, A Political Theology of Climate Change, is a riveting in-depth analysis of both anthropogenic climate change and theological reflection on creation.  Rather than run the risk of bringing out the outmoded conflict of political polarizing views on the climate change issue, Northcott provides the reader with both the climate change science that is behind the issues and counters the philosophical underpinnings of the view that nature and culture, science and ethics are at odds with each other at their foundations.  Engaging with writers as broad as J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl Schmitt, Bruno Latour, and Alasdair MacIntyre, Northcott digs deeply into climate change science and deeply reflects on the world that God has made.

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Found in the collection

Given: Poems
Wendell Berry

Paperback: Counterpoint, 2005.
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Free MP3 downloads of Wendell Berry Reading Seven Poems!

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