The Gardeners' Dirty Hands: Environmental Politics and Christian Ethics

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Noah Toly is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College where he directs the Center for Urban Engagement. He also serves as Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and as a member of the faculty at the Free University of Berlin's Center for Global Politics.

"an unexpectedly deep work of political and theological reflection ... Toly's work helps us, believers and non-believers alike, to articulate a more hopeful response. It is not a recipe for something that our own contradictions ought to warn us away from, but rather a recommendation for a hope which can co-exist with tragedy, a hope for endurance and grace as we do the hard, difficult work which this planet we have changed calls us to." -- Russell Arben Fox, Front Porch Republic

"This book is courageously honest, rigorously argued, and practically important for our present and future. Toly unflinchingly examines "the impossibility of possessing all non-trivial goods at once" in environmental governance and articulates a Bonhoefferian ethics for making tragic choices that integrates radical humility and hope. This work is highly recommended, especially for Christians seeking a responsible vision of environmental ethics and our shared future." -- Andrew DeCort, author of Bonhoeffer's New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation

"Noah Toly raises many of the most difficult questions besetting the nexus of environmental problems and the human pursuit of wealth and power. Revealing the tragedy of choices based on flawed foundations, Toly points the way out of a system prioritizing economic efficiency toward one in which individuals acknowledge wrong and bear the costs of the wrong so others might benefit--a Christian church of public environmental engagement and redemption." -- Fred Van Dyke, author of Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship

"In this remarkably clear-minded explanation of environmental governance challenges, Noah Toly interprets their tragic character within Christian moral thought in a way that opens a range of legitimate responses and orients agents toward hopeful responsibility." -- Willis Jenkins, author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity