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Theology and climate change: further reading

Posted in: Theology
Resource type: Further reading

If you would like to find out more about climate change from a theological perspective, we recommend the following websites and books.

Books with a biblical view of climate change

A Moral Climate: The ethics of global warming
Michael S. Northcott, Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 2007
Michael Northcott examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and the ethical implications for all Christians.

A Political Theology of Climate Change
Michael S. Northcott, SPCK Publishing, 2014
The failure of political institutions to mitigate climate change requires a new political theology based on the common good and fair access to natural resources.

Bible and Ecology – Rediscovering the community of creation
Richard Bauckham,  Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010
Discusses the relationship of humans to the rest of creation and argues that there is much more to the Bible’s understanding of this relationship than the mandate of human dominion given in Genesis 1.

Climate and Christ: A prophetic alternative
Edward Echlin, Columba Press, 2010
Describes what climate change is and how it happens, and suggests ways in which ordinary people can help to mitigate it. It also makes suggestions for our own ‘prophetic alternative’ lifestyles inspired by Christ.

Global warming: The  complete briefing
Sir John Houghton, Cambridge University Press, 4th edition 2009
This textbook is the definitive guide to climate change, an invaluable grounding in the science and impacts of climate change and the need for action.

Hell and High Water: Climate change, hope and the human condition
Alistair McIntosh, Birlinn, 2008
Politics alone is not enough to tackle the scale and depth of climate change: at root is our addictive consumer mentality. To resolve what has become of the human condition we must face up to despair and discover the spiritual meaning of our troubled times.

Planetwise: Dare to care for God’s world
Dave Bookless, IVP, 2008
The compelling biblical case for caring for the planet.

Renewing the Face of the Earth: A theological and pastoral response to climate change
David Atkinson, Canterbury Press, 2008
Provides a theological framework for considering and responding to the challenges of climate change, and explores the spiritual questions being opened up by this issue.

Surprised by Hope
Tom Wright,  SPCK,  2011
What do Christians hope for, and how does that affect the way we live in the here and now? If God intends to renew the whole creation  the church must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world.

Online resources

Hope in God’s Future – Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change: a report of a joint working group convened by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. The report, and associated study guide, is available to download from the Methodist Church website.

The Concealments of Carbon Markets and the Publicity of Love in a Time of Climate Change by Michael Northcott.
You can also hear Professor Northcott’s inaugural lecture in a University of Edinburgh podcast.

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