Posted by: gcarkner | March 6, 2013

Steven Bouma-Prediger: Protector of the Biosphere

Steven Bouma-Prediger is Professor of Religion, Head of Religion Department at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Steven Bouma-Prediger

Bouma-Prediger is an esteemed professor of religion and chair of the department of religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he has taught since 1994.  His scholarship focuses on ecology and theology. Prior to coming to Hope, he was an assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the department at North Park College in Chicago. He holds an M.Phil. from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His numerous publications include five books: Beyond Homelessness:  Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, co-authored with Brian Walsh; For the Beauty of the Earth:  a Christian Vision for Creation Care; Evocations of Grace: Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics, co-edited with Peter Bakken; The Greening of Theology: The Ecological Models of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Joseph Sittler, and Jurgen Moltmann; and, with Virginia Vroblesky, Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Nonhuman Creatures and the Endangered Species Act. He is also the author of numerous published scholarly articles. Academic Home Page


For the Beauty of the Earth (now in its revised second edition) won an Award of Merit from periodical Christianity Today in the theology and ethics category in the 2001 Book Awards program. In December 1999, he was elected the recipient of Hope College’s Outstanding Professor Educator  Award. This book comes highly recommended by UBC Professor Emeritus Geographer Olav Slaymaker.

Sample from the book:

~Steven was a speaker at UBC for the Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum in September of 2010. He lives a profound, integrated life and has an excellent knowledge of both environmental science and the biblical understanding of creation and creation care. He believes that we can recover the virtues of our relationship with our fragile blue green planet. He is one of the foremost thinkers in this arena of research–offering a sane way forward.

You might also benefit from insights from Cal DeWitt at University of Wisconsin or this blogger who is doing a PhD on Christian perspectives on the environment: Jeremy Bonham

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