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Bible & Ecology – Rediscovering the Community of Creation

Author: Richard Bauckham
Published By: Darton, Longman and Todd (London)
Pages: 226
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 978 0 232 52791 9

Reviewed by Colin Selby.

There can be few pastors who have not been concerned with bringing a biblical point of view to the current discussions about global warming, climate change, food production and the role of human activity in these and other urgent matters. Here is a book which is closely argued and could repay careful study.

This book has been written by Dr Richard Bauckman, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies  at the University of St Andrews. Using a range of Scriptures including Job, Psalms and Revelation, but including a wide review of other parts of the Bible, this book gives some arguments for and against the idea of stewardship as given in Genesis 1.26 and 28.  There follows some discussion of the place of humans as part of the community of creation and the work of God in Christ to make all things new.

There are useful notes, an extensive bibliography and an index which includes a list of the scriptures referred to in the book.

The Bible and Ecology is a useful reminder of the biblical perspective of creation and our place in it. Students of both science and theology could find this volume to be a good reference guide.

Colin Selby

Formerly a lay member of the Research Ethics Committee at a Chelmsford Hospital

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