The Bible promises the renewal of all creation--a new heaven and earth--based on the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For centuries this promise has been sidelined or misunderstood because of the church's failure to grasp the full meaning of biblical teachings on creation and new creation. The Bible tells the story of the broken and restored relationship between God, people, and land, not just God and people. This is the full gospel, and it has the power to heal the church's long theological divorce between earth and heaven. Jesus' resurrection in the power of the Holy Spirit is the key, and the church as Christ's body is the primary means by which God is reconciling all things through Jesus Christ. Jesus' ultimate healing of all creation is the great hope and promise of the gospel, and he calls the church to be his healing community now through evangelism, discipleship, and prophetic mission.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This book clearly reveals that Snyder's conjunctive theology is congruent with East Asian ways of thinking. The scope of soteriology in his numerous books has been from creation to new creation. This book, however, is exceptionally thorough. It really does reconceive the whole meaning of salvation in a more soundly biblical way." --Ohoon Kwon Mokwon University
"In Salvation Means Creation Healed, Howard and Joel speak prophetic truth for Christ's Church, which continues to be deceived by the sirens of Platonic idealism that separate matter and spirit into two different worlds. God is redeeming Creation. A must read!" --Mike Slaughter Ginghamsburg Church
"Salvation Means Creation Healed crafts a stunning vision of the breadth of God's Reign in Jesus Christ over all things in both heaven and earth and then invites the church to participate fully. It is compelling. It is challenging. It demands a response." --David Fitch author of The End of Evangelicalism?
"In an era of dramatic and irreversible destruction of the earth's resources, Salvation Means Creation Healed is a timely call for Christians to recover a biblical vision of the missio dei as the restoration of all creation. We all need to heed this call toward a fullness of the gospel, pledging ourselves to reconcile the unfortunate divorce between heaven and earth. Our grandchildren's future is at stake." --Cheryl Bridges Johns Church of God Seminary
Snyder continues to burst old wineskins with Salvation Means Creation Healed. This is an important biblical, theological and historical examination of how modern evangelicalism has lost its way with regard to creation care and the gospel. Among all the recent publications on creation care, Snyder is the first to show how far back the roots of the "divorce between heaven and earth" really go. Every pastor and serious church leader who needs to get up to speed on what the issues in creation care are all about needs this book. Edward R. Brown, Director Care of Creation Inc. Author, Our Father's World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation
Howard A. Snyder Joel Scandrett
Howard A. Snyder is engaged in research and writing in Wilmore, Kentucky, after a career of urban ministry and teaching at Asbury Theological Seminary, Tyndale Seminary, and other institutions. His numerous books include The Problem of Wineskins (1975), The Community of the King (1977, 2004), and EarthCurrents: The Struggle for the World's Soul (1995).
Joel Scandrett is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Director of the Robert E. Webber Center at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Dr. Scandrett received his PhD in Historical and Systematic Theology from Drew University, where he studied under Thomas Oden and served as both Research Director and Translations Project Director for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Before coming to Trinity School for Ministry, Dr. Scandrett taught theology at Wheaton College, Northern Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and served as an Associate Academic Editor at InterVarsity Press. Dr. Scandrett is also a priest in the Anglican Church of North America.