Ecology for your Theology Bookshelf

A growing number of people (ok, more than 3) have asked me for Eco theology/Environment and Christianity reading recommendations. So here is a (growing) list to get you started! In some cases I have recommended a specific books. In others, the author has either published so many that might be a good fit, or is largely published in articles, but still well worth reading.

Overviews 

Christianity and the Renewal of Nature: Creation, Climate Change and human responsibility (ed Sebastian Kim and Jonathan Draper) (2011)

Ecotheology: Voices from South and North (ed David Hallman) (World Council of Churches collection)

People and Land: Decolonizing Theologies – ed Jione Havea (2019)

Religion in the Anthropocene – ed Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann, Markus Vogt

Systematic Theology and Climate Change: Ecumenical Perspectives (ed Michael Northcott)

Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines (eds. Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser & Celia Deane-Drummond)

Fragile World: Ecology and the Church (Studies in World Catholicism) ed William Cavanaugh

Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines (eds. Celia Deane-Drummond and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser) (2018)

T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Theology and Climate Change (eds Ernst Konradie & Hilda Koster) (2020)

Grove Books Series – includes plenty of titles around ethics, mission, education, spirituality, and worship in relation to our local and global environments. The John Ray Initiative have put together a great list of all the titles here. 

EcoTheology: A Christian Conversation (eds. K. Jorgenson & A. Padgett, 2020)

 

Biblical Studies

Earth Bible Commentary Series (5 volumes providing ecological readings across the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from a range of perspectives)

Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought (ed. Arthur Waskow)

Margaret Barker – Creation: A Biblical Vision for the Environment (she also has an excellent Creation Theology essay available online for free)

Richard Bauckham – Bible and Ecology (mercifully short overview), Living With Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology

Jeremy Benstein – The Way into Judaism and the Environment

Walter Brueggeman – The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith (2002) 

Ellen Davis – Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture (2008) 

Jione Havea – Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific (editor), Losing Ground: Reading Ruth in the Pacific (2021)

Katherine Hayes – The Earth Mourns: Prophetic Metaphor and Oral Aesthetic (2003) 

Catherine Keller – Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy, and Other Last Chances (2021)

Micah Kiel – Apocalyptic Ecology: The Book of Revelation, The Earth, and the Future (2017) 

Mari Joerstad – The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics (2019) 

Hilary Marlow – Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics (2010) 

Robert Murray  – The Cosmic Covenant: Biblical Themes of Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation (2007) 

Ray Person – Deuteronomy and Environmental Amnesia 

Sarah Ann Sharkey – Earth, Our Home: Biblical Witness in the Hebrew Scriptures

Meric Srokosz and Rebecca Sally Watson – Blue Planet, Blue God: The Bible and the Sea (2017) 

Barbara Rossing

Kathleen Rushton – Cry of the Earth and Cry of the Poor: Hearing Justice in John’s Gospel (2020) 

Bob White & Jonathan Moo – Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis (2014)

Christopher Wright – Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (excellent and very long)

 

Eco-Feminist/Womanist Theology

Aruna Gnanandason – Listen to the Women! Listen to the Earth! (2005)

Melanie Harris – Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth Honouring Faiths

Grace Ji-Sun Kim – multiple titles, including ed. Making Peace with the Earth 

Hilda Koster – (currently working on a monograph entitled Creation and Salvation in Ecological Theology) 

Chung Hyung Kyun – (Korean Eco-feminism, several articles/chapters)

Sally McFague – The Body of God: An Ecological Theology 

Kwok Pui-lan – Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology, in particular the chapter Mending of Creation

Rosemary Radford Reuther – Gaia and God: Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing

Planetary Solidarity: Global Womens Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice (eds. Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Hilda Koster)

Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion ed. Rosemary Radford Ruether (1996)

 

Ethics

Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser

Sharon Bong (Catholic Theological Ethics, Asia & Gender justice, Climate)

Steven Bouma-Prediger – Earthkeeping and Character: Exploring a Christian Ecological Virtue Ethic (2019)

David Clough – On Animals: Theological Ethics 

James Gustafson – A Sense of the Divine (1994) 

Willis Jenkins – Ecologies of Grace (2008), The Future of Ethics (2014) 

Andrew Linzey (Animal theology and ethics)

Sally McFague – Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint (2013)

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda – Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Transformation

James Nash  – Loving Nature (1991) 

Steven Bouma-Prediger – Earthkeeping and Character: Exploring a Christian Ecological Virtue Ethic 

Larry Rasmussen – Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1996) 

Christopher Southgate – The Groaning of Creation (2008) 

Ruth Valerio – L is For Lifestyle (revised edition out 2019), Just Living

The Care of Creation: Focusing Concern and Action (ed. R J Berry)

Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans, and Other Animals (eds. Celia Deane-Drummond and David Clough) (2009) – interdisciplinary conversations from philosophers, scientists, and theologians

Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World (eds Bruce Ellis Benson, Norman Wirzba) (2015)

 

Historical Theology

Hildegard of Bingen

Maximus the Confessor

Gregory of Nazianzus

Jonathan Edwards

Br Samuel SSF, Br Nicholas Alan SSF, Simon Cocksedge – Seeing Differently: Franciscans and Creation (2021) 

Rowan Williams – Christ the Heart of Creation (2018) (brilliant historical theology introduction)

Mark Douglas – Christian Pacifism for an Environmental Age (2019)

 

Liberation Theologies

Leonardo Boff – Ecology and Liberation (2014), Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor (1995) 

Daniel P Castillo – An Ecological Theology of Liberation (2019) 

James Cone – Whose Earth is it Anyway? (2007) 

Pope Francis – Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (no idea which category this should be in, perhaps it needs its own?)

Ivone Gebara – Longing for Running Water (1999) 

Juergen Moltmann (I recommend Ecology in Jurgen Moltmann’s Theology by Celia Deane-Drummond)

Samuel Rayan, S.J. – Collected Writings 

George Tinker – American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty

 

Memoirs and Nature writing

Fred Bahnson – Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (2013)

Rachel Carson – Silent Spring

Mark Clavier – A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes: A Backpacker’s Encounter with God and Nature (2021)

Annie Dillard – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 

Aldo Leopold – A Sand County Almanac

Wangari Maathai – Unbowed

Mallory D. McDuff – Sacred Acts: How Churches are working to protect Earth’s Climate 

Amanda Mukwashi – But Where Are You Really From? (2020)

Frances Ward – Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-anxiety and God (2020)

Anna Woofenden – This is God’s Table: Finding Church Beyond the Walls (2020)

 

Philosophical Theology

Theillard de Chardin

Stephen Clark – How to Think About the Earth 

Richard McNeill Douglas – Theodicy and the Anthropocene (Temple Tracts, 2021) – download here

Bruce Foltz – The Noetics of Nature 

Sallie McFague

Tim Middleton – Sloterdijk on Ecology (Temple Tracts, 2020 – download here

Hannah Strommen – Biblical Animality after Jaques Derrida

 

Political Theology

Catherine Keller – A Political Theology of the Earth (2018), Facing Apocalypse (2021) 

Ched Myers (ed) – Watershed Discipleship (2016)

Michael Northcott – Place, Ecology, and the Sacred (2015), A Political Theology of Climate Change (2013), A Moral Climate (2007)   

Peter Scott – A Political Theology of Nature (2003) 

Tearfund – The Restorative Economy (2015)

Jurgen Moltmann – Hope in These Troubled Times (2019)

 

Prayer, Church, and Collective Worship 

Anglican Church of Kenya – ‘A Litany for the Preservation of Environment’ from Our Modern Services (2008)

Anglican Communion – ‘The World is our Host: A Call to Urgent Action on Climate Justice‘, Good Friday 2015 

Jim Antal – Climate Church, Climate World (2018) (a call to action for the Church, including lots of practical advice about how to transform our understanding of our Christian vocation)

Robert Atwell, Christopher Irvine, Sue Moore – A Time For Creation: Liturgical Resources for Creation and Environment (2020)

Elizabeth Bomberg & Alice Hague – ‘Faith-based climate action in Christian congregations: mobilisation and spiritual resources’ Local Environment (2017) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2018.1449822

Re:Sound Worship: Doxecology 

Rob Kelsey – Praying for the Earth: Remembering the Environment in our Prayers of Intercession (2021)

Nurya Love Parish – Resurrection Matters: Church Renewal for Creation’s Sake (2018)

Nick Mayhew-Smith & Sarah Brush – Landscape Liturgies: Outdoor Worship Resources from the Christian Tradition (2021)

Anne and Jeffrey Rowthorn – God’s Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation (2018) (excellent collection of liturgical resources with 52 differently themed chapters to choose from!)

Ruth Valerio – Saying Yes To Life (2020) (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2020 – designed for reflection in groups and for individuals)

Leah Schade – For the Beauty of the Earth: A Lenten Devotional (2019)

Katharine K Wilkinson – Between God and Green: How Evangelicals are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change (2012)

Radical Presence: Emerging to the Post-Viral Age (2020) A free online course by Green Christian

A Time for Creation: Liturgical Resources for Creation and the Environment (2020) – Church of England

Climate Emergency Toolkit for Churches (2020)

Climate Discussion Group series, created by Bramhall Methodist Church: Beauty, truth, justice, lament, action, hope (2021)

Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice (ed Grace Ji-Sun Kim) – multiple chapters on the concrete actions of different churches around the world

Time To Act: A Resource Book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion (Christian Climate Action collection ed. Jeremy Williams) (2020)

Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church (ed Hannah Malcolm, 2020)

St Nic’s Church – God’s Good Earth small group study over 4 weeks (written by Hannah Malcolm for an Anglican Evangelical context) 

Theology/Systematics 

Thomas Berry – The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth 

Sigurd Bergmann – Creation Set Free: The Spirit as Liberator of Nature (2005)

John Chryssavgis – The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality (2006), Creation as Sacrament (2019)

Celia Deane-Drummond – A Primer in Ecotheology (2017), Ecotheology, (2008) 

Sharon Delgado – Love in a time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice (2017) – uses Wesley’s theological method of scripture, tradition, reason, experience.

Pope Francis – Laudato Si (and also read Fratelli Tutti!

Winston Halapua – Waves of Gods Embrace: Sacred Perspectives from the Oceans

John Inge – A Christian Theology of Place (2003)

Willie Jennings (currently working on a monograph entitled Unfolding the World: Recasting the Christian Doctrine of Creation) 

Sally McFague – A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming (2008)

Simon Oliver – Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed (2017) 

Anne Primavesi

H. Paul Santmire – Before Nature (2014), The Travail of Nature (1985), Nature Reborn (2000) 

Elizabeth Theokritoff – Living in God’s Creation 

Amaamalele Tofaeono – Constructing Sa-Moana Contextual Theology 

Randy Woodley – Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision

Norman Wirzba – From Nature to Creation: The Church and Postmodern Culture (2015), Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (2011), The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age (2003)  

Towards an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation ed John Chryssavagis and Bruce V Foltz

 

Spirituality

Wendell Berry

Douglas Christie – The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology

Mark Clavier – A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes: A Backpacker’s Encounter with God and Nature (2021)

Belden C Lane – Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality 

Alastair McIntosh – Poacher’s Pilgrimage: An Island Journey (2016), Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being (2020)

Isabel Mukonyora – Wandering a Gendered Wilderness: Suffering and Healing in an African Initiated Church (2007)

H. Paul Santmire – Behold the Lilies

Frances Ward – Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety, and God (2020)