Each book of stands alone, yet
together they form an Environmental Theology
relating Christian faith to the care of this precious earth.
Baptized into Wilderness introduces
the beauty of nature and its vulnerability
through the eyes and the actions of John Muir, founder of America's
movement. Learn more...
Hope for the Land unfolds the
Biblical promise to liberate nature from human
abuse so all species in the community of life may serve one another. Learn more...
Beauty of the Lord builds a
Christian theology to unite God, nature, and humanity
in the experience of beauty. Austin draws upon the American philosopher
Edwards. Learn more...
Reclaiming America addresses
today's environmental crisis. Austin advocates civil
rights for natural life, lifestyles of elegant frugality, land reform
the frontier," and Church reform to enfold nature within the worshiping
community. Learn more...
Together they form a readable Environmental Theology that is
enjoyed by lay
people, appreciated by students, and valued by teachers of theology.
has been a pastor. He has worked with church groups across the United
taught seminary students from Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, and
Environmental Theology by Richard Cartwright Austin. Published
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eloquent, impassioned, and powerful books, and they ought to be read by
every Christian." - Sojourners
"Our best spokesman on the subject" - Reformed Review
"Dick Austin has reflected upon a range of theological issues arising
from our assault on the planet. No one I know of has covered these
areas so comprehensively within the traditional theological context." -
Father Thomas Berry
"Despite his censure of environmental wrongs, Austin is never
mean-spirited; rather, everywhere he is positive and vibrant." -
"I enjoyed your
at Montreat and bought your four-volume set on environmental theology.
Within the last month I have completed the set. With the first book, I
sensed immediately that your work was both scholarly and experiential.
It is rare for me to find the combination.
"I soon began
experience nature as you portrayed John Muir doing. Sharing part of
your story made the books especially helpful. It was obvious that your
joy in John Muir was partly due to your own experience of Yosemite.
"I am familiar
of the historical events you mentioned, but the stories of John Muir
and Jonathan Edwards were new to me. I identified with both the strict
religious upbringing of Muir and the compartmentalizing of Edwards,
denying sensuality, yet awakening peoples' senses through evangelism.
"Your concept of the
moral beauty of creation and the need to fall in love with God's world
before we can commit ourselves to being stewards as God intends was a
high point in my reading. Your own brokenness and healing contributed
to my understanding and identifying with you in a number of ways. Thank
you for being that open."
Carolyn Martin, Tiger GA