Creation and the Cross

The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril

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Elizabeth A. Johnson
  • Maryknoll, NY: 
    Orbis Books
    , February
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Alison Downie forthcoming.


In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include allcreated beings? Immediately this question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the cross was required as atonement for human sin—a theology laid out by the eleventh-century theologian St. Anselm.

Constructing her argument (like Anselm) in the form of a dialogue, Johnson lays out the foundations in scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the early Church for an understanding that emphasizes the love and mercy of God, showing how this approach can help us respond to a planet in peril.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Elizabeth A. Johnson, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, she is the author of many books, including She Who Is (winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion), Quest for the Living God, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God (Orbis 2015), and  editor of The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women (Orbis 2016).

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