Place is fundamental to human existence. However, we have lost the very human sense of place in today's postmodern and globalized world. Craig Bartholomew, a noted Old Testament scholar and the co-author of two popular texts on the biblical narrative, provides a biblical, theological, and philosophical grounding for place in our rootless culture. He illuminates the importance of place throughout the biblical canon, in the Christian tradition, and in the contours of contemporary thought. Bartholomew encourages readers to recover a sense of place and articulates a hopeful Christian vision of placemaking in today's world. Anyone interested in place and related environmental themes, including readers of Wendell Berry, will enjoy this compelling book.
Craig G. Bartholomew
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One of the projects I have been seriously considering is to write an accessible "theology of place." It is one of those obviously needed missing pieces in the rediscovery of the Gospel here at the close of Modernity, equally needed in the broader missional conversation.
What is the relationship of "place" to God's work of redemption in the world? Note that last phrase. It is not possible to talk of salvation without talking about redemption <em>in the world</em>, and a man named Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, lost on the edge of the Roman Empire, roughly two thousand years ago. It is not possible to talk of salvation apart from life in the real world.
Nor was it possible to write a rich and biblical theology of place while Modernity formed the foundation of western Christian thought. Modernity pushed us toward abstractions. Moreover, a heritage that favored Greek thought left us with hints of gnosticism, a tendency to divorce spirituality from life in...
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