Know the world, know yourself

A review of Jedediah Purdy

Nature reveals itself as ruptured, as already profaned. To rest into a landscape is to be drawn into an adulterated history.


The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv

In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sounded an alarm over the loss of outdoor experiences for children. Not only children, however, need to be outdoors.


Ravished by Beauty, by Belden C. Lane

In this splendid book Belden Lane has made a double contribution—to the reordering of our perspectives on creation and to our understanding of the Reformed tradition as a contributor to this reordering.


Back to nature

Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
A Friend of the Earth, by T.C. Boyle


Nature Reborn, by H. Paul Santmire

In this fine book H. Paul Santmire explores the insights of a wide range of classical and contemporary Christian theologians and ethicists. He develops a well-balanced, constructive theology of nature that trains us to see God's grace in nature and to understand our need to live in an ecologically responsible way.