With the support of a seed grant from Blessed Earth, Dan Brunner of SSA Member George Fox Evangelical Seminary is in the process of writing an evangelical ecotheology
titled “On Earth As In Heaven: An Introduction to Ecotheology,” it is on schedule to be published in September 2013. Brunner is writing the book in collaboration with two of his former students, AJ Swoboda
and Jennifer Butler, both full-time Pastors.
Brunner is currently writing full-time as a Research Scholar at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Minnesota. Through his research Brunner’s eyes have been opened to the breadth and depth of the environmental issues we face today, while maintaining hope that the millions of Christians throughout the world can make a difference. Indeed, Brunner has learned that while Christianity is often seen as anti-creation, this is not necessarily true historically. Martin Luther and John
Calvin in particular wrote extensively on how God speaks through nature.
The book looks at Ecotheology through a wide array of lenses, including history, scripture, anthropology, spirituality, and eschatology. In addition, it is specifically written to engage Evangelicals, with a focus on scripture, Christology, activism, and conversion. Ultimately, Brunner hopes the textbook will be adopted in a number of settings, particularly Christian colleges and seminaries.