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Redeeming Creation

Redeeming Creation - 96 edition

Redeeming Creation - 96 edition

ISBN13: 9780830818723

ISBN10: 0830818723

Redeeming Creation by Fred Van Dyke, David C. Mahan, Joseph K. Sheldon and Raymond H. Brand - ISBN 9780830818723
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
International: No
Redeeming Creation by Fred Van Dyke, David C. Mahan, Joseph K. Sheldon and Raymond H. Brand - ISBN 9780830818723

ISBN13: 9780830818723

ISBN10: 0830818723

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"Preeeeep." The sound of the peepers, tiny frogs an inch or two long, penetrated the dusk. Beneath the jack pines at the edge of a small pond in the northern Michigan woods, the males were calling their mates. A professor and a group of ecology students sat speechless as closer and closer, louder and louder, more and more peepers joined in chorus.

"There was just light enough to see them, crawling up a bracken fern to find a singing perch, filling their throats with air like tiny balloons about to burst and then giving forth at close range an ear-splitting 'preeeeep.' . . . Now we were immersed in the peepers' lives, not ours. And when the concert ended and the peepers had gone away, we laughed together for the sheer joy and power of life displayed for a moment in the grand efforts of one tiny creature to be fruitful and multiply."

Combining compelling stories with both biblical and scientific investigation, Redeeming Creation addresses the ecological crisis we face today.

population explosion
rain forests stripped bare
destruction of animal habitat
the death of entire species
depletion of the ozone layer
global warming

The authors, four biologists and teachers, believe that we can face these dilemmas with hope. Moving beyond a mere survey of the planet's ills, they bring Scripture into fruitful dialogue with current scientific findings and commitments. They both inspire and inform our individual and corporate response to God's creation.


  • offers a biblical foundation for Christian response to environmental crises
  • discussions of current scientific research
  • perspective from four biologists (with different specialties), all members of the American Scientific Affiliation
  • foreword by James W. Sire
  • directed to general readers/nonscientists
  • includes insightful stories

Author Bio

Dyke, Fred Van :

Van Dyke received his Ph.D. in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York--Syracuse. A former wildlife research biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Van Dyke is currently assistant professor of biology at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) and associate professor of natural history at the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies (Mancelona, Michigan).

Mahan, David C. :

Mahan received his Ph.D. in limnology from Michigan State University. He has formerly served on the faculty of Western Michigan University and as field representative for the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Currently Mahan is associate director of the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Michigan.

Sheldon, Joseph K. :

Sheldon received his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Illinois. Formerly a professor and head of the Department of Biology at Eastern College (St. Davids, Pennsylvania), Sheldon is now professor of biology at Messiah College (Grantham, Pennsylvania) and professor of environmental studies at the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies (Mancelona, Michigan).

Brand, Raymond H. :

Brand received his Ph.D. in animal ecology from the University of Michigan. He is a retired biology professor and a former chair of the Department of Biology and Division of Science at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Presently Brand is a research associate of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He is also coauthor (with John R. Sheaffer) of Whatever Happened to Eden? (Tyndale).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by James W. Sire

1. A Creation in Crisis
2. God the Creator
3. The Value of Creation
4. Out of the Dust
5. Covenant & Redemption
6. Ruling & Subduing: The Uniqueness of Being Human
7. God's World Today
8. The Consequences of Disobedience
9. A Christian Response: Restoration & Redemption
10. Ecology & the Christian Mind: A New Beginning

Appendix: Christian Denominational & Interdenominational Groups Involved with Environmental & Ecological Issues
About the Authors