Theology Resources

A series of readings and theological resources on the environment and environmental issues.

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Introductory Reading

Catholics and Our Common Home (2015)
Sr Margaret Atkins

Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home (2015)
Pope Francis

Querida Amazonia: To the Beloved Amazon Region (2020)
Pope Francis

Short animations exploring the ecological side of the Catholic faith

Care for Creation: A Call for Ecological Conversion
Pope Francis

Further Reading

Rosemary Radford Ruether

Angels with Trumpets, the church in a time of global warming
Paula Clifford

Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril (2019)
Elizabeth A. Johnson

The Cosmic Circle, Jesus and Ecology (2004)
by Edward Echlin

To Care for the Earth (1986)
Sean McDonagh

Climate and Christ: A Prophetic Alternative (2001)
Edward P. Echlin

Climate and Creation, An Operation Noah Briefing
Mark Dowd

The Death of Life (2004)
Sean McDonagh

The Earth Under Threat – A Christian Perspective (1996)
Ghillean Prance

Earth Spirituality, Jesus at the Centre (1999)
by Edward Echlin

Greening the Christian Millennium (1999)
by Sean McDonagh

Laudato Si’ – Essays on the Pope’s Letter on the Environment (2017)
Sean McDonagh

Healing a Broken World – A special report on Ecology (2011)
Jesuit Task Force

Jesus and the Earth (2003)
James Jones, Former Bishop of Liverpool

The Man who Planted Trees (1953)
Jean Giono

A New Dawn? The Roman Catholic Church and Environmental Issues
Celia Deane-Drummond

Paint the Church Green
Prompting reflection on western lifestyle and suggestions for change.
Ellen Teague

Sharing God’s Planet – A Christian Vision for a Sustainable Future (2005)
A report from the Anglican Mission and Public Affairs Committee
Claire Foster

Spirituality of Ecology
Joe Nangle OFM

A Time for God’s Creation, an appeal to the Churches in Europe (2006)
Isolde Schonstein and Likas Vischer eds

European Christian Environmental Network (2006)

Stations of the Forests (2009)
Columban Justice and Peace. A DVD to reflect on loss of rainforests and linking into the impact on the poor and on the entire Earth community. The accompanying Resource Booklet contains study and liturgy material.

Thomas Berry and the Earth Community – DVD (16 mins)

Tenants of the King (Study Guide)
A four-part Bible-based study series designed to help you and your church consider what the Bible has to say about today’s climate crisis.
Operation Noah

Sustainable faith: A green gospel for the age of climate change (2014)
This book demonstrates that an important element of 21st-century Christian faith is about engaging with the big challenges of climate change and sustainable living.
Operation Noah

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’
Dermot A. Lane

In-depth Resources

Adult faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding (2010)
Diarmuid O’Murchu

Ancestral Grace. Meeting God in our Human Story (2008)
Diarmuid O’Murchu

At Home in the Cosmos (2001)
David Toolan

Breath of Life: A Theology of the Creator Spirit (2004)
Denis Edwards

The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth (2009)
Thomas Berry

The Dream of the Earth (Second ed 2006)
Thomas Berry

The Environment and Christian Ethics (1996)
by Michael S Northcott

Eco-theology (2008)
by Celia Deane-Drummond

For the Beauty of the Earth – a Christian vision for creation care (2001)
Steven Bouma-Prediger

The Great Work (2000)
by Thomas Berry

GreenSpirit. Path to a New Consciousness (2010)
Edited by Marian Van Eyk McCann

Hell and High Water – Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (2008)
Alastair McIntosh

A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (2007)
Michael S Northcott

Meditations with Thomas Berry, with additional material (2010)
Brian Swimme, selected by June Raymond.

Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality (1983, reissued 2000)
Matthew Fox

The Place of Environmental Theology: a guide for seminaries, colleges and universities.
Edited by John Weaver and Margot R Hodson.
The Whitley Trust, IBTS

The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life (2011)
Ursula King

Soil and Soul by Alistair McIntosh (2001, Aurum Press)

Briefings on faith and environment
John Ray Initiative

Unless the grain of wheat shall die: The moral and theological case against Terminator seeds
Progressio Comment by Sean McDonagh and Donal Dorr

Academic Resources

A Handbook in Theology and Ecology (1996)
Celia Deane-Drummond

The Cosmic Covenant (1992)
Robert Murray

Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (2010)
Edited by Kyle S. Van Houtan and Michael S. Northcott

Ecotheology – Voices from south and north (1994)
Edited by David Hallman

Ecotheology Journal
Sheffield Academic Press

Gaia and God (1993)
Rosemary Radford Ruether

Models of God: an Ecological Theology (1987)
Sallie McFague

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World and Global Warming (2008)
Sallie McFague

The Phenomenon of Man (2008)
Teilhard de Chardin

Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture (2003-4)
Mary Grey

Theology and Biotechnology – Implications for a New Science (1997)
Celia Deane-Drummond

The Universe Story (1992)
Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry