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For the Life of the World

An Eastern Christian Approach to Nature and Environmental Care


Robin Gibbons

For the Life of the World: An Eastern Christian Approach to Nature and Environmental Care explores climate change and global ecological issues via the ability of Christianity—one of the world’s most frequently practiced religions—to provide insight. Author Robin Gibbons outlines the tradition of prior Christian involvement in the issue, drawing upon ideas of freely given care and human stewardship of the world. Recently, the issue of climate change and the Christian community’s inability to act against it has been characterized by a disconnect between human life and nature, with the biblical model of human stewardship subsumed by politics, business, and greed. In contrast, this book advocates for embracing an older model of Christian thought, theoretically surmounting the consequences of climate disaster through care and respect for nature.

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I would like to thank the following people who have helped me during the writing and publication of this book: The Melkite community in the UK, in whose service I minister and whose spirituality and history have contributed so much to my knowledge throughout my writing. Professor Anthony O’Mahony for his support and wisdom. The Religious of the Assumption, in particular the Kensington community who have put up with me for so long but as my sisters have been invaluable to me in their encouragement and commitment to environmental care. For the witness and prayers of the Clarisses in the Monastery of St Clare in Poligny (Jura, France) and for all my family in that same region of natural beauty who have helped shape my love and concern for the life of the world. For my brothers and sisters, even those who disagree with me, because their discourse has helped me form my own ideas and walk my own path. For Professor Joseph Prud’homme, who kept me to the task of writing this work, and last, but not least, Luke McCord of Peter Lang, whose patience, advice, and presence across the ether has been a sustaining help at all times. I could not have completed my work without you all.←ix | x→ ←x | 1→

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