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  • Loving nature : past, present, and future 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    At this hinge point in planetary history, the future of Earth is in our hands. How ought Christians to love nature? In the biblical past, Earth was a miracle, a divine gift. Today, the land of promise is a vision of a ...
  • Terrestrial and extraterrestrial altruism 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2014
    How Earthbound are values and ethics? We humans enjoy a surprising transcendence of localized body and place. We are always situated somewhere, but it does not follow that all our knowledge is situational. True, science ...
  • Ecosystems, food, agriculture, and ethics 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2014
    Humans live in towns and are civilized, but by nature too are residents on landscapes, rural. An ecology lies in the background of culture, providing ecosystem services. Some dimensions of health pervade both wild and ...
  • Loving nature : Christian environmental ethics 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    The two great commandments are to love God and neighbor; but ought we to love a loveless nature? Agape seems nowhere there to be found. Most of the sensibilities we nourish in civilized beings--being fair or kind, respect ...
  • Biblical wilderness--midbar, arabah and eremos 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    Words translated as "wilderness" occur nearly 300 times in the Bible. A formative Hebrew memory is the years of "wandering in the wilderness," mixing experience of wild landscape, of searching for a promised land, and of ...
  • Aesthetics of nature and the sacred 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2005
    Confronting nature one experiences the archetypes of the world. A living landscape couples dynamism with antiquity and demands an order of aesthetic interpretation that one is unlikely to find in art and its artifacts. A ...
  • Science 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2005
    Nature is both a scientific and a religious challenge. Nature must be evaluated within cultures, classically by their religions, currently also by the sciences so eminent in Western culture. Religious persons often find ...
  • Divine presence-causal, cybernetic, caring, cruciform : from information to incarnation 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    The divine Spirit, breathed into matter, is the giver of life, the deepest secret of the evolutionary natural history. The most sophisticated such animation is embodied in Homo sapiens. One might begin with a claim of ...
  • Generating life on earth : five looming questions 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2006
    Generating life on Earth requires creating information, the serendipitous opening up of novel possibility space, driving escalating biodiversity and biocomplexity. Biologists puzzle whether such natural history is contingent, ...
  • Nature, the genesis of value, and human understanding 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1997
    Many anthropogenic values are indeed important, but I deny that nature is otherwise value free, and recommend to humans a psychological joining (with) ongoing natural history, since there is value wherever there is positive ...
  • Order and disorder in nature, science, and religion 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1993
    Astrophysics and nuclear physics are describing a universe "fine-tuned" for life, although physics has also found a universe with indeterminacy in it. Meanwhile evolutionary and molecular biology seem to be discovering ...
  • Science education and moral education 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1988
    Both science and ethics are embedded in cultural tradi¬tions where truths are shared through education; both need com¬petent critics educated within such traditions. Education in both ought to be directed although moral ...
  • Unlimited love and its limits 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2014
    Love is the cardinal virtue, commendably exemplified in the life and thought of Sir John Templeton. But love is not the only virtue, or duty. Neither in deontological ethics nor in utilitarianism is altruism the pivotal ...
  • Responsible Man in Reformed Theology : Calvin versus the Westminister Confession 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1970
    In the concept of the essential nature of responsible persons, Calvin and the Calvinists that followed him differed significantly. The Calvinists formulated what they called a double covenant between God and humans, a ...
  • Ecology : a primer for Christian ethics 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2007
    "Ecology" is, etymologically, the logic of living creatures' homes. Christian ethicists find the word related to "ecumenical," with roots in the Greek "oikos," the inhabited world. There are both problems and opportunities ...
  • Consciousness, environmental ethics and science-religion dialogue 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2013
    Neuroscience has made enormous advances, so we have got accounts of how the cells work. However, we are far from a good theory that suggests how conscious experience appears along with under all molecular activity. A lot ...
  • Morals and science education 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    Facts and causes are the domain of science and values and duties the domain of ethics. Morality must be chosen, entered into, practice in life, in ways that science does not. The sciences open up new possibilities with ...
  • Creative genesis : escalating naturalism and beyond 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2014
    Does a plausible worldview need some explanations that exceed the natural? Hard naturalisms insist not, but softer, or more open naturalisms find that natural processes can produce ever more complex results—moving from ...
  • Rolston Research Conference - Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Berkeley, 1991 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1991
    Article 1: I begin with some autobiography, hoping to conclude with an ethic for Christians for creation. I move from the particular to the universal. This is a story of how living locally has led me to think globally. I ...
  • Scientific inquiry 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1996

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