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Transformed by Beauty

Belden C. Lane

in Ravished by Beauty

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755080
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755080.003.0012
 Transformed by Beauty

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The book's last chapter explores the ecological implications of this Calvinist spirituality of desire. It points to the earth's reflection of God's beauty as a foundation for an environmental ethic in the Reformed tradition, but also deals with the ethical quandary of frustrated desire in the earth's experience of evolutionary change. Drawing on the work of Christopher Southgate, Jürgen Moltmann, and Holmes Rolston, it reflects on God's own entry into a world torn by desire, emphasizing the eschatological hope that has always characterized Reformed ethics. The chapter concludes with an analysis of Horace Bushnell's nineteenth-century discussion of the wildness of God and the need to move beyond a simplistic theodicy in explaining God's ways in the world.

Keywords: theodicy; evolution; ecology; justice; God's wildness; Horace Bushnell; Christopher Southgate; Holmes Rolston; Jürgen Moltmann

Chapter.  10422 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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