Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love

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Price
$32.95
Publisher
Bloomsbury Continuum
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.5 X 1.3 X 9.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781472903730

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About the Author

Elizabeth A. Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York. She is the author of many bestselling books, including most recently Quest for the Living God.

Reviews

"Throughout her acclaimed career as a theologian, Sr. Elizabeth Johnson has devoted much of her scholarship to contemplating God's relationship with human beings. [In] Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, Johnson turns her gaze upon God's relationship with the nonhumans of the world." --Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter

"Besides borrowing from other environmentally conscious religious thinkers, Johnson draws key insights from Darwin, whose The Origin of Species opens a vision of a planetwide community of life. As readers contemplate the human heedlessness that has pushed many species to (near) extinction, they will understand the urgency of Johnson's ecological appeal. The Catholic Bishops' censure of Johnson's Quest for the Living God may make the orthodox wary. But a writer who stirs controversy never lacks readers." --Bryce Christensen, Booklist

"Engrossing and wonderfully realized, this is a book to be read and loved." --Publishers Weekly

"This book is a call to broaden our focus, beyond the hierarchy we have perceived in Genesis, beyond the individualistic angst of human sin and redemption. It shows us that biblical revelation is bigger than this - God is bigger than this." --Melissa Jones, National Catholic Reporter

"This Spirit-imbued vision of creation yields the kind of strong ecological ethic demanded in our day. ... Ask the Beasts presents a deeply sacramental, incarnational view of the natural world and our place in it." - Stephen J. Pope, The Journal of Religion

"With 'Ask the Beasts' Elizabeth Johnson gives us a gift of the insights, scope of vision and impact of Darwin's theory on the way we humans view the history of life on our planet and our responsibility to care for With 'Ask the Beasts' Elizabeth Johnson gives us a gift of the insights, scope of vision and impact of Darwin's theory on the way we humans view the history of life on our planet and our responsibility to care for our home." --Blair Tabor, Association for Mormon Letters

"Elizabeth Johnson's beautifully written book shows us, more convincingly than any other book that I have ever read, how science and religion can engage in a dialogue which is mutually illuminating. She shows how the narratives of evolution and salvation are not just parallel stories but shed light on each other. The unpredictable creativity of matter is disclosed as the sphere of the working of the ever-fresh Holy Spirit. She brings us to a new understanding of the role of pain and death, and radically deepens our understanding of a cosmic redemption. I will read the Bible with a renewed understanding and pleasure. I have rarely enjoyed a book of theology more." --Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

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