Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

Ravished by Beauty The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality In this novel exploration of Reformed spirituality Belden C Lane uncovers a green theology that celebrates a community of jubilant creatures of all languages and species Lane reveals an ecologically

  • Title: Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality
  • Author: Belden C. Lane
  • ISBN: 9780199755080
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this novel exploration of Reformed spirituality, Belden C Lane uncovers a green theology that celebrates a community of jubilant creatures of all languages and species Lane reveals an ecologically sensitive Calvin who spoke of himself as ravished by the earth s beauty He speaks of Puritans who fostered a lusty spirituality in which Christ figured as a loverIn this novel exploration of Reformed spirituality, Belden C Lane uncovers a green theology that celebrates a community of jubilant creatures of all languages and species Lane reveals an ecologically sensitive Calvin who spoke of himself as ravished by the earth s beauty He speaks of Puritans who fostered a lusty spirituality in which Christ figured as a lover who encouraged meditation on the wonders of creation He presents a Jonathan Edwards who urged a sensuous enjoyment of God s beauty as the only real way of knowing God.

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    1. I have both delighted in and argued with this book while reading through it, and you can find some of those posts on my blog. Clearly it was an engaging work of theology.Lane works to uncover the writing on desire and beauty in the Reformed tradition, especially as it celebrates nature and can lead to a Reformed environmental ethics for our time.I have spent much of my adult life and intellectual development reacting against Reformed thought. Process theology is almost diametrically opposed (tho [...]

    2. Okay class, listen up. If you've always imagined that John Calvin was a stern and passionless theologian, that Jonathan Edwards was all about hellfire and damnation, that the Puritans were puritanical, and that the whole Reformed tradition has little or nothing to say about beauty, imagination, and the care of creation, you must read this book. Lane pretty much blew all of my assumptions to pieces (well, thanks to Calvin Seerveld, I did know that the Reformed tradition cares deeply about beauty [...]

    3. Lane is too concerned with leftish ecological "catastrophes" to be informative. But he does let the Reformers and those in their line speak for themselves enough to be a valuable source of good, solid Christian spirituality. Like a poor tour-guide who spends more time in the gift shop than at the Grand Canyon, you at least can ignore the guide and be stunned by beauty yourself. That's about as good as this book gets.Not suggested.

    4. This book reminds me a bit of Wendell Berry's writings. Quite enjoyed it, found the journey back to reclaim his Calvinistic/Puritan background a bit tedious at times though. Loved his love of the wilderness and nature, and how to find and reclaim beauty in 'spoiled' environments and cities. Beautiful writingat's what kept me going!

    5. This book did not rise to my expectations. Seems like there was so much potential in the title. I was amazed at his analysis of Reformed Theology. I can understand his concerns for the environment. He quoted his sources often and at times his reasoning seemed circular. But this book was good enough that I might read another of his books regarding desert and mountain spirituality.

    6. Best and exciting parts were Calvin's quotes. The author's own thesis is okay at times, and at other times terrible.

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