Hope for the Earth

Vistas for a New Century

By Ernst M. Conradie

Hope for the Earth

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  • ISBN: 9781597522090
  • Pages: 368
  • Publication Date: 5/18/2005
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

Hope for the Earth

Vistas for a New Century

By Ernst M. Conradie

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781597522090
  • Pages: 368
  • Publication Date: 5/18/2005
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

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'Hope for the Earth' explores the viability of an eschatological approach to an ecological theology, spirituality, and praxis in the South African context. The basic intuition of such an eschatological approach is that an environmental praxis can only be empowered on the basis of an adequate understanding of Christian hope. Despair in the face of environmental destruction will inevitably lead to a spirit of resignation. Where, then, can a vision of hope that includes hope for the earth be found?

The author proposes a "road map" for eschatology based on the observation that eschatology has traditionally responded to three aspects of the human predicament, namely 1) the evil effects of sin; 2) the problem of finitude and transience; and 3) the limitations of human power and knowledge in space (Part A). This analysis is used to fathom the depths of despair as a result of environmental destruction (Part B).

The Biblical roots and subsequent history of Christian eschatology are discussed briefly (Part C). Recent contributions in Christian eschatology, ecological theology, cosmology, and South African expressions of hope are explored in depth in search of a vision of hope that includes hope for the earth itself (Part D).

The eschatological road map is used to develop a vision of hope for the earth on the basis of a theology of life: life amidst death and destruction, life beyond death and eternal life in the presence of God (Part E). Finally the implications of this vision for an ecological ethos, spirituality, and praxis in the South African context are indicated (Part F).

Contributors-

Ernst M. Conradie

Bio(s)-

Ernst Conradie is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape where he teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics. He is the author of 'An Ecological Christian Anthropology: At Home on Earth?' (Ashgate, 2005). His earlier publications include, 'A Rainbow Over the Land: A South African Guide on Church and Environmental Justice' (with David Field, Western Cape Provincial Council of Churches, 2000), 'Ecological Theology: An Indexed Bibliography' and 'Ecological Theology: A Guide for Further Research' (both UWC, 2001). He is also the editor of 'Rape: Rethinking Male Responsibility' (EFSA, 2003) and 'African Christian Theologies in Transformation' (EFSA, 2004).

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