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Gratitude for the Wild: Christian Ethics in the Wilderness

by Nathaniel Van Yperen Lexington Books
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Nathaniel Van Yperen offers an original argument for how wilderness can evoke a vision of a good life in which creaturely limits are accepted in gratitude, even in the face of ambiguity and mystery. Through the theme of gratitude, the book refocuses attention on the role of affection and testimony in ecological ethics and Christian ethics.

Chapter 1: Speaking for Wilderness
Chapter 2: Wilderness: A Sensuous Wild
Chapter 3: Wildness Elicits Piety
Chapter 4: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Conclusion: Gratitude for the Wild
About the Author

Nathaniel Van Yperen offers us a beautifully conceived and eloquently written account of the spiritual importance of wilderness'its propensity to teach us about the nature of things: its potential to realign our most important loyalties and loves; and its overwhelming power to place us in proximity to the very mystery of our being.-áVan Yperen moves nimbly within the classical canon of environmental and wilderness ethics (e.g. Thoreau, Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, etc.) providing the reader a matchless introduction to a topic of vital importance to our common future. This is a work of great depth and maturity-á It deserves a wide audience.
Nathaniel Van Yperen is visiting assistant professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College.