Bishop David Atkinson wrote
- the book in 2008 “Renewing the Face of the Earth – A theological and pastoral response to climate change
- the important (downloadable) paper: Why we in the churches need to treat climate change more urgently Epiphany 2015 – Why are we in the Christian Church so slow in responding to the most important moral issue of our generation: climate change?
- and the Church Times article in 2013 “Eco-theology is not new: it’s foundational to faith“
He has just written a new book:-
Hope Rediscovered: – Biblical Wisdom for an Anxious World
This is published by Ekklesia : www.ekklesia.co.uk ISBN 9 780993 294211 (Price £12.99) 31 May 2018
There is a forward by Rowan Williams.
Among the many causes of anxiety in today’s world are global concerns to do with social and economic inequality, the importance of sustainable development, and climate change. These raise human – that is moral and spiritual – questions about who we are, our destiny, how we can be helped to flourish, and what we hope for.
Hope Rediscovered is about being re-oriented in the face of such challenges. Bishop David Atkinson, who has an abiding interest in Christian ethics, pastoral theology and science, has put some key questions to the Gospel of John
– a text which says much about human flourishing, and which draws on the Wisdom themes of the Hebrew Bible, about understanding our place in creation, and about practical living.
Like his followers, Jesus was beset with conflicts within ‘the world’. The first century Christian community, to which the Gospel was addressed, discovered how to live hopefully in the way of Wisdom, energised by God’s Spirit. The focus of this timely book is deep, practical wisdom for a troubled world.
Bishop David Atkinson undertook research in organic chemistry before being ordained. He served as Fellow and
Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was a Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Archdeacon of Lewisham
before becoming Bishop of Thetford in 2001. He retired in 2009.
Review by RJ:
I’ve just started reading the book and it is terribly readable!