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Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

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In this novel exploration of Reformed spirituality, Belden C. Lane uncovers a "green theology" that celebrates a community of jubilant creatures of all languages and species. Lane reveals an ecologically sensitive Calvin who spoke of himself as ''ravished'' by the earth's beauty. He speaks of Puritans who fostered a ''lusty'' spirituality in which Christ figured as a lover ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 8th 2011)
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I have both delighted in and argued with this book while reading through it, and you can find some of those posts on my blog. Clearly it was an engaging work of theology.

Lane works to uncover the writing on desire and beauty in the Reformed tradition, especially as it celebrates nature and can lead to a Reformed environmental ethics for our time.

I have spent much of my adult life and intellectual development reacting against Reformed thought. Process theology is almost diametrically opposed (tho
Lane is too concerned with leftish ecological "catastrophes" to be informative. But he does let the Reformers and those in their line speak for themselves enough to be a valuable source of good, solid Christian spirituality. Like a poor tour-guide who spends more time in the gift shop than at the Grand Canyon, you at least can ignore the guide and be stunned by beauty yourself. That's about as good as this book gets.

Not suggested.
P.L. White
This book did not rise to my expectations. Seems like there was so much potential in the title. I was amazed at his analysis of Reformed Theology. I can understand his concerns for the environment. He quoted his sources often and at times his reasoning seemed circular. But this book was good enough that I might read another of his books regarding desert and mountain spirituality.
Brenda Funk
This book reminds me a bit of Wendell Berry's writings. Quite enjoyed it, found the journey back to reclaim his Calvinistic/Puritan background a bit tedious at times though. Loved his love of the wilderness and nature, and how to find and reclaim beauty in 'spoiled' environments and cities. Beautiful writing...that's what kept me going!

Simply put, I would not recommend this drivel to anyone.
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