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Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

Author: 
Terra Schwerin Rowe (Author)
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Description

Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But what impact does the Protestant tradition have today? And what might it have? This volume addresses such questions, focusing on the economic and ecological implications of the Protestant doctrine of grace. In the late twentieth century, a number of Protestant scholars countered Max Weber’s famous work on Protestantism and capitalism by arguing that Calvin and Luther were prophetic critics of early capitalist practices. While acknowledging the importance of this scholarship, Terra Rowe argues that a more nuanced approach is necessary. This narrative tends to purify Protestantism of capitalist beginnings and does not account for compelling arguments articulated by proponents of Radical Orthodoxy tying Protestantism—and Protestant grace in particular—to capitalism. These debates now emerge with increasing urgency in the face of growing economic injustice and overwhelming evidence of an ecologically unsustainable economic system, demonstrated most potently by climate change. In the spirit of ecotheologies resonating with the best of the Reformation tradition, this book develops a fresh reading of Luther’s theology of grace and his economic ethics in conversation with current reflections on concepts of the gift and gifting practices.

ISBN: 
9781506423333
Price: 
$79.00
ISBN: 
9781506422336
Price: 
$79.00
Release date: 
April 1, 2017
Pages: 
244
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Contents

Introduction

1. Protestant Ghosts and the Spirit of Capitalism: Ecology, Economy, and the Reformation Tradition
2. Inheriting the Free Gift: Economic and Ecological Implications
3. Ecology of the Gift: The Ecotheologies of Joseph Sittler and Jürgen Moltmann
4. The Gift Revisited: Unconditioned and Multilateral
5. Communicating Grace
6. Toward a “Better Worldliness”

Bibliography
Index

Endorsements

Toward a Better Worldliness moves the dial toward the eco-Reformation we urgently need.

"How might the core Reformation doctrine of grace address a climate-challenged world? Using gift-theory and splendid scholarship, Rowe re-forms the tradition to banish the binaries—humanity/nature, creation/redemption, even God/world—and open it to new models of relationship among humans and between human and other-than-human life. Toward a Better Worldliness moves the dial toward the eco-Reformation we urgently need."

Larry Rasmussen | Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

Terra Schwerin Rowe addresses the material urgencies of the present planetary moment.

“In a gripping interchange between current philosophy of the gift and the live Protestant legacy of grace, Terra Schwerin Rowe addresses the material urgencies of the present planetary moment. Her insight—sparkling with gems of historical insight, with erudition without tedium, with the chance of a better human way in the world—can refresh and reform theology itself.” 

Catherine Keller | George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey, and author of "On the Mystery and Cloud of the Impossible"

This book summons theology to work for a better world; it is a must for those who care.

"With an incisive cut into the core of the debate on the nature of the gift in the Protestant tradition, Terra Schwerin Rowe offers an unapologetic and hearty argument with youthful élan for reading grace in a new key that vigorously engages ecological responsibility and denounces Protestant theological complacency with the economic order. This book summons theology to work for a better world; it is a must for those who care.”

Vitor Westhelle | The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago