An Ecological Theology. Reunderstanding Our Relation to Nature

This study examines the historical roots of “hierarchical dualism,”
the dominant attitude characterizing the Western approach toward nature which both separates humans from, and elevates them above, nature, allowing for exploitation of resources. This work advocates a new approach in which humans view the natural world as a community entrusted to humanity by God.


“The value of this work is that it shows how we might think in the present and foreseeable future, to help transform our human leaderships from domination to partnership. Deeply influenced by process theology, Cain knows that historical Christianity is itself an ongoing and living tradition, capable of growth and change over time. Thus, as a constructive theologian in his own right, he undertakes a task that is sorely needed.
To my knowledge there are no other primers [on eco-theology process-style] like this. There are books written by process theologians who address this ecological issue or that issue, but not that pull so many strands together. And there are few who write so clearly but who also find ways to speak poetically, when only poetry can convey truth. This is a wise and helpful work that is one of a kind. If you are a Christian—or simply a religiously interested reader—who hopes that Christianity might become an ecological religion, read this book.” – Prof. Jay B. McDaniel, Hendrix College

“. . . a substantial as well as deeply challenging read.” – Prof. Lawrence D. Bryan, MacMurray College

“Cain’s book stands out because of its solid summaries of various trends in thinking about the environment from such divergent perspectives as the Bible, eco-feminism, and Native American culture, and it is further enhanced by an excellent bibliography.” – Prof. J. Davis Cassel, Hanover College

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. Jay B. McDaniel, Hendrix College
1. Problems and “Horizon”
2. The Ancient Greek World: Plato and Aristotle
3. The Rise of Modern Science: Bacon, Descartes, and Newton
4. The Judeo-Christian Tradition
5. “Sacred Space”: Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans
6. “Healing the Wounds and Weaving the Vision”: Eco-feminism
7. Toward an Ecological Theology
8. Basic Concepts of Process Theology
9. The Doctrine of God in Process Theology
10. Process Theology as Ecological Theology

Other Environmental Studies Books