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Ravished by beauty : the surprising legacy of Reformed spirituality

Author: Belden C Lane
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
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"In this novel exploration of Reformed spirituality, Belden C. Lane uncovers a "green theology" that celebrates a community of jubilant creatures of all languages and species. Lane reveals an ecologically sensitive Calvin who spoke of himself as ''ravished'' by the earth's beauty. He speaks of Puritans who fostered a ''lusty'' spirituality in which Christ figured as a lover who encouraged meditation on the wonders  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Belden C Lane
ISBN: 9780199755080 0199755086
OCLC Number: 612963274
Description: ix, 312 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Beauty, desire for God and delight in creation --
Prologue: Ring Lake Ranch, Wyoming --
The double irony of Reformed spirituality : nature, desire, and the easily diverted quest for God's beauty --
The whole world singing : a journey to Iona and Taizé --
John Calvin on the world as a theater of God's glory --
Can we chant Pslams with all God's creatures? --
Nature and desire in seventeenth-century Puritanism --
Open the kingdom for a cottonwood tree --
The schooling of desire : nature's purifying role in affliction --
Biodiversity and the holy trinity --
Jonathan Edwards on beauty, desire, and the sensory world --
On pilgrimage with Jonathan Edwards --
Transformed by beauty ; environmental ethics and the wildness of God --
Epilogue: Dead Creek, East Saint Louis.
Responsibility: Belden C. Lane.


Belden Lane weaves autobiographical essays that illuminate his own experience of nature into a "green theology" drawn from the unexpected resources of Reformed Christian spirituality. He offers a  Read more...
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Lane scores on every shot . . . In addition to rich quotes from others, Lane offers his own memorable thoughts, his words elegant as brocade in color and texture, scholarly but never stultifying. * Read more...

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