978-1-57075-912-3 Environmental Science and Theology in Dialogue by
Russell A. Butkus, and Steven A. Kolmes
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2012 Catholic Press Association Award: First Place Faith and Science
Theology in Dialogue Series
Book Description New Series: Theology in Dialogue Russell A Butkus, Anne M. Clifford, and Carol Dempsey, General Editors
Demonstrates how understanding environmental science and theology can provide new resources for sustaining the Earth.
A compelling “sign of the times” is that our human experience today is defined in part by increasing ecological degradation.
Given the complexity of these environmental issues, this book argues that creative and strategic collaboration between theology and environmental
science is necessary to find and implement practical solutions.
The authors argue a solid grounding in environmental science creates an understanding of the major environmental problems we face: global
climate change, ozone depletion, depletion of the earth’s resources, collapse of biodiversity, overpopulation and over-consumption, the presence of persistent toxins, and the challenges of achieving sustainability. With humankind contributing to the source of many of these problems, the book also explores the many contributions theology can make
to the healing of the world—including an understanding of God as creator and the roles of nature, grace, sin, and revelation.
With sidebars, discussion questions, and recommended readings, this book provides students and professors a text that nurtures both critical
thinking and ethical action.
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Russell A. Butkus is an associate professor of theology and environmental studies and associate director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Portland. He co-edited, with Carol Dempsey, All Creation Is Groaning: An Interdisciplinary Vision for Life in a Sacred Universe (Liturgical/M. Glazier, 1999).
Steven A. Kolmes holds the Molter Chair in Science at the University of Portland. He is director of the Environmental Science Department and a professor of environmental science. He has served
as a consultant for government bodies and for U.S. Catholic bishops preparing a pastoral letter on the environment.