The Bible and The Environment

Book notice: David Horrell, The Bible and the Environment: Towards a Critical Ecological Biblical Theology (London: Equinox, 2010). x + 161 pp. £15.99 (pb), ISBN 978-1-84553-622-0.

A significant recent book by David Horrell, Professor of New Testament at Exeter University. Chapter 2 looks at biblical interpretation that responds to environmental issues. He identifies two types.

The first is ‘Recovery’ which retrieves neglected helpful resources from the Bible, and reinterpret texts whose past reception was faulty (p. 11). It is criticised for ignoring the diversity of ideas in the Bible.

The second is ‘Resistance’ which uses from a hermeneutic of suspicion. This is praised for hearing diverse voices in Scripture, but is not persuasive for Christians as it prioritises secular ecojustice principles.

This book is a challenging read for anyone interested in the Bible and environmental ethics.