David Horrell talks to the AHRC about, among other things, the Bible’s role in helping to underpin our cultural assumptions about the environment and our place within it.
‘Nature’ is a slippery term with a wide variety of meanings and nuances which can all too easily encourage the unwary writer or reader to slide from one to another without making necessary distinctions and to carry the evaluative nuances of one sense over to another. In theology it has several distinct usages.
The church has frequently had to think afresh about Christian hope in changing contexts. It’s not that the essence of Christian hope – the great hope, founded on Jesus Christ, for God’s redemptive and fulfilling renewal of all his creation – changes. But if Christian hope is to retain its power to be the engine of the church’s engagement with the world, if it is to be more than an ineffective private dream, hope itself needs renewal as the world changes. From the infinite riches of God’s future for the world we must draw those that can be transformative for our time. That way we can re-envision the world in the light of hope.