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An Environmental Ethic for the End of the World

An Ecological Midrash on Romans 8:19-22

Author(s): Scott C. Powell

Book Description

Is there a place for religious texts in today’s global environmental conversation? Some have claimed over the centuries that the Bible has given humans license to devastate the world of nature. Can those same texts be a source of ecological healing? This book investigates Romans 8:19-22, Paul’s enigmatic passage about “creation groaning out in travail”, which comes at the conclusion of his long Christological discourse. His inclusion of nature in the Christ event is both unprecedented and has baffled scholars for centuries. Could Genesis provide the explanation?

Four relationships shape the creation stories. Prior to the fall of Adam and Eve, human beings are said to live in harmony with God, with themselves, with one another, and with the world of nature. As humans disobey God, each of these relationships unravels, climaxing with the cursing of nature itself. Is this paradigm in the background of Paul’s Christology? Read this way, Paul’s midrash on the story of creation in light of the Christ event provides deep insight into the biblical role of humans and their instrumentality in bringing both harm and healing to the world of nature.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2835-2
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2835-9
Date of Publication: 01/07/2019
Pages / Size: 213 / A5
Price: £61.99


Dr Scott C. Powell is a teacher, theologian, and author. He is the Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an affiliate of the Center for Western Civilization Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado. He has also taught at Denver’s Augustine Institute, and the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary’s Catholic Biblical School. He completed his PhD at Maryvale Institute and Liverpool Hope University, UK, where he wrote on ecology and the writings of St. Paul. He has been published by, and has appeared on numerous religious media outlets, and has spoken around the world on topics of theology, ecology, and biblical studies, as well as their relation to popular culture.