The Green Bible from HarperOne.
NRSV. Green letter edition. Soy-based inks on recycled paper. $19.77 on Amazon.com.
“The Green Bible will equip and encourage you to see God’s vision for creation and help you engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. This first Bible of its kind includes inspirational essays from key leaders such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry. As you read the scriptures anew, The Green Bible will help you see that caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.”
I haven’t purchased a copy (I might), but I have done the same thing in my Bible for years by putting a CR for “creation” in the margin by passages about creation and the environment. It turns out these passages are numerous. We tend to think of the doctrine of creation as pertaining to how God made the Universe, and when; and something that can be determined solely from Genesis 1-11 and few Psalms. On the contrary, passages about God’s care over the creation, and our responsibility to care for it, run throughout the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation. I think the green letters will help to bring this out.
No doubt some of the essays are well-written. I have a lot of respect for Wendell Berry, and Pope John Paul II has had valuable insights about nature in other writings. McLaren, though he has some good insights in his writings, is considered by some to be a heretic–one who has stepped outside the boundaries of the historic creedal faith. He could still have valuable comments on the environment.
The endorsements come from both theological liberals, such as Desmond Tutu, and conservatives, including Calvin DeWitt (Evangelical Environmental Network) and Richard Cizik (National Association of Evangelicals).
Whether one uses The Green Bible or just does a study on the environment in the Bible, it becomes clear that the “Earth is the Lord’s,” that it has intrinsic value, that we are responsible for our actions, that our consumptive lifestyle does not bring happiness, and that part of loving our neighbor as ourselves includes taking care of the creation. (These are not “liberal” interpretations, but could be straight out of Francis Schaeffer’s Pollution and the Death of Man).
HT: The Green Life
Grace and Peace