Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology
Edited by: Karla G. Bohmbach
Edited by: Shauna Hannen
There are many hot-button issues in present day discussions of the environment and ecology, e.g., offshore drilling, global warming, wind power, fracking, solar power, nuclear power. The list goes on and on. Most of the discussions have to do with the production and consumption of energy. In the midst of these swirling debates around the causes and consequences, the effects on human and other forms of life, what does Lutheran theology have to say? What resources does it have, especially by way of themes and thinkers, which might help Lutherans think through the ever-expanding theological conversations and on our role and place in this creation? Dare we assert the existence of an Eco-Lutheranism, and if so, what might it look like? We are charged by God to live simultaneously and wholly in the “now and the not yet.” How do we do that? By questioning and critiquing our Western cultural (and Lutheran) up-down schemas? By reimagining worship in ways more keyed to the outside and to all the various elements of creation? By practicing neighbor-love toward those with whom we disagree, especially, but not only, through engaging in respectful dialogue with them? By contemplating, and even engaging in, acts of radical civil disobedience—a la Bonhoeffer—on behalf of the environment? Yes, all these ways and more suggest how we might live out our callings as faithful servants to both God and the world.
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