Two important publications have dedicated their current issues to the topic of creation care. Access to the full text may be limited, but check out the table of contents anyway.
In a time God’s world is being degraded and damaged, is there room for hope? When even conservative estimates of climate change forecast disastrous alterations of neighbourhoods and ecosystems, who can we hope in, and what can we hope for?
From the editor: Environmental sustainability is a hot topic at many universities, named as a major goal of my new university. What are Christians at universities to think? The latest issue of IFES Word & World explores Hope for Creation. Some of the authors will be familiar names to LWCCN members:
- Las Newman from Jamaica writes that faith in Christ means hope for creation and caring for creation as a way to cherish God’s gifts. Read now
- Ruth Hicks de Olmedo presents how the students of CECE, the IFES movement in Ecuador, are presenting good news for the whole creation through the Genesis Project. Read now
- Andrew Shepherd from New Zealand invites us to recognize non-human animals as our fellow creatures, breathed into life by God as his agents and our fellow-worshippers. Read now
- Pablo Pistilli from Argentina invites readers to move beyond a pessimistic theology to caring for God’s creation.
- E. Daniel Cárdenas-Vásquez from Peru and the United States proposes that genetically engineered foods are a way to feed those in most need and proclaim good news to the poor. Read now
In all honesty, we would not have expected Bible translators to be spending a lot of time on the environmental crisis. It looks like we were wrong.
From the editor: These are some of the considerations behind the special session of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Ecological Hermeneutics section at the 2018 Annual Meeting of SBL in Denver, Colorado, on the topic of “Ecology, Economy, and Translation”…we have papers here treating the Pentateuch, Psalms, Prophets, Gospels, and Revelation. Implications for translation, our particular interest in this journal, are present in all of these. They are offered in the hope of stimulating ongoing discussion in the translation community about the impact of ecological and economic crises on the translation task.
Some of the articles in this issue include:
- Being “Rich towards God” in the Capitalocene: An Ecological/Economic Reading of Luke 12.13-34 Andrew Shepherd
- Retranslating Genesis 1–2: Reconnecting Biblical Thought and Contemporary Experience Theodore Hiebert
- Palaces of Ivory or Teeth (Ps 45.9): Carol Adams’s Absent Referent and Ecological Translation of the Psalms Arthur Walker-Jones
- The Growing Seeds (Mark 4.26-32): Can Growth Be Eco-Sustainably Translated? Some Preliminary Thoughts Paraskevi Arapoglou
- Woe, Horror, Disaster, or Lament? Revisiting Translations of ouai in Revelation 8.13 Barbara R. Rossing
- “Do not harm the trees!” Ecology, Empire, and Translation in the Book of Revelation Peter S. Perry