Alan Padgett, professor of systematic theology, is co-editor with Kiara Jorgenson of “Ecotheology: A Christian Conversation,” published by Eerdmans in 2020. The book uses four different theological models to explore how we should respond to the ecological problems we face today.
In the introduction to “Ecotheology,” Padgett and Jorgenson argue that, while action on problems like climate change and loss of biodiversity is critically important, “action alone—without integrated thought, understanding, wisdom, or critical thinking—can lead us astray.” Accordingly, four scholars from different Christian traditions contributed essays that ground ecotheology in stewardship, justice, virtue, and a sacramental approach to nature. After each essay, the other essayists offer brief responses that further develop the theme of that chapter.
Willie James Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School, writes, “Too many students remain unconvinced that Christian theology has anything serious to say about a deeper ecological awareness. This book corrects that bad impression by introducing students to ecotheology with theological sophistication and ecological insight. This company of excellent scholars has given us a textbook that advances the crucial task of showing why the environment matters for theology and for a helpful Christian witness.”