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Field With a View

Katharine M Preston

Science and faith in a time of climate change

SKU/ISBN: 9781849526418

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Katharine Preston challenges us to think more deeply about the human condition and our choices in this time of ever-increasing climate disturbance.

Moved by the landscapes surrounding her home, Wild Orchard Farm, and drawing on both her ecological and theological training, she writes for scientists leery of faith, people of faith who know and love the miracles of science, and anybody who shares the vision of the planet as a sacred community.

Katharine studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University, learning from indigenous American cultures about the place of humans in the natural world. She went on to gain a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master’s of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.

She and her husband, John Bingham, live in Essex, New York and are active associates of the Iona Community.

Fascinating theological reflection – grounded in the real world, and in the greatest crisis of our time on earth. I’m so glad someone is asking these questions.
Bill McKibben
Author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

There will be more books like this. There have to be. But read this one now, and be uplifted by Katharine’s sense of wonder, fed by her scientific and theological literacy, her experiential reasoning, and her realistic and timely passion for the Earth and all its creatures in this, our age of accelerating climate crisis.
David Coleman
Environmental Chaplain with Eco-Congregation Scotland

Field with a View portrays the challenges of responding to the crisis of climate change through story, autobiography, theology, and science. Emily Dickinson once counseled tell the truth and tell it slant, that is, with passion and indirection, to bring the reader or listener into the story without defensiveness or diatribe. Katharine Preston tells it slant, but the slant way, like the dynamic seascapes and landscapes of our planet, inspires us to change our visions, practices, and priorities.  Field with a View is a beautiful book, grounded in Preston's vision of beauty as central to our understanding of the universe. God's aim in the creative process is toward the production of beauty and Preston achieves this in the pages of Field with a View. In a time of despair, perhaps beauty - and beauty alone - will inspire us to move forward in partnership with God to heal the Earth and its peoples.

Bruce Epperly

Pastor, theology professor, and author of Become Fire: Guideposts for Interspiritual Pilgrims and The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-filled World

Reading Field with a View is like having a conversation with Katharine over a cup of coffee at church fellowship. It is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and well-informed synthesis of faith and science, rooted in her strong connections with nature. It is a compelling call to mitigate our human behaviors that contribute to the very real and present, existential problem of climate change. I hope we all find positive ways to respond.
Ronald W. Bussian
BS, Chemistry (1970, University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Ph.D., Biochemistry (1978, University of Delaware, Newark, DE)

 

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Subline Science and faith in a time of climate change
Authors Preston, Katharine M
Author(s) Katharine M Preston
ISBN 9781849526418
Date Added 7 Feb 2019

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