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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 Psalms 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.

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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 of creation. He presents a Jonathan Edwards who urged a sensuous ''enjoyment'' of God's beauty as the only real way of knowing God. Lane argues for the ''double irony'' of Reformed spirituality, showing that Calvinists who often seem prudish and proper are in fact a people of passionate desire. Similarly, Reformed Christians who appear totally focused on divine transcendence turn out at times to be closet nature mystics, exulting in God's glory everywhere. Lane also demonstrates, however, that a spirituality of desire can be derailed, ending in sexual excess and pantheism. Ecologically, holy longing can be redirected from a contemplation of God's splendor in the earth's beauty to a craving for land itself, resulting in disastrous misuse of its resources. Between the major chapters of the book are engaging personal essays drawn from the author's own love of nature as a Reformed Christian, and providing a thoughtful discussion of contemporary issues of species diversity and the honoring of an earth community."--Jacket.
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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 Read more...

 
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