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Climate and Christ
A Prophetic Alternative
by Edward P.Echlin
This book is a strongly-worded warning that our planet is in great danger from climate change, which is largely the result of our selfish and profit-seeking abuse of its resources. The author points out that the earth does not belong to us, but that, with its water, air and fruitful soil, it has come to us as a gift from God. We, for our part, have the duty to take care of it and all of God’s creation within it. He also reminds us of our responsibility for the future well-being of our species, which means leaving our descendents a viable world in which to live. Before going on to suggest alternative, ecologically-sound lifestyles, the author takes a look at the life of Jesus during His earthly ministry. In His teaching and parables, Christ associates Himself with what is living and growing. He is the “good shepherd”, He is the “vine”. He considers the lilies and the sparrows. Some of the writing is in the language of the theologian and the philosopher. Nevertheless the message comes forth loud and clear: to save our planet we all must contribute to the mitigation of climate change - and now!
Reviewer: Alexandra Irvine (29/06/10)