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Keeping God’s Earth

The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective

Noah Toly and Daniel I. Block


Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publish Date: June 26, 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 083083883X
ISBN-13: 978-0830838837

Diversity of life. Water resources. Global climate change. Cities and global environmental issues. We all know being a Christian involves ethical responsibility. But what exactly are our environmental obligations? This unique volume edited by Wheaton College professors Noah J. Toly and Daniel I. Bock, teams up scientists with biblical scholars to help us discern just that question. What does the Lord require of us? Here you’ll read informed essays from Christian teachers in a variety of fields, ranging from New Testament, Old Testament, Christian theology and ethics to geology, biology, atmospheric physics and environmental science. Their biblical insight combined with scientific expertise will provide you with a deeper understanding and clear guidance on the most important environmental issues facing us today.


Noah J. Toly

Noah J. Toly (Ph.D., Delaware) teaches environmental politics and is director of urban studies and assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College in Illinois. Previously he served as policy fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy in the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Dr. Toly is the author of or contributor to numerous publications on energy and environmental policy, and he is the co-editor of Transforming Power: Energy, Environment and Society in Conflict.


Daniel I. Block

Daniel I. Block (D.Phil., Liverpool) is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois. He contributes regularly to scholarly conventions and journals, and he lectures frequently internationally. Among his numerous publications are major commentaries on Ezekiel and Judges and Ruth; the monograph, The Gods of the Nations: Studies in Ancient Near Eastern National Theology, and “All Creatures Great and Small: Recovering a Deuteronomic Theology of Animals,” in Essays on the Old Testament and Issues in the Life of God’s People; Festschrift for Elmer Martens.


  1. Introduction
  2. Cities and the World
  3. The Diversity of Life
  4. Water Resources
  5. Climate Change
  6. Conclusion


A great strength of the book is the refreshing interaction between credible and compelling scientific research, and equally compelling and insightful faith responses… [T]his text represents a refreshing approach to dialogues between religion and science. It makes science accessible to Christianity while offering meaning, value, and faithful insight back to science and enriching both disciplines in the process. The text offers a moral framework that has wide educational applicability at the local and convocational levels…

— Austin Leninger
Theology & Science



The authors have done a credible job of presenting sound science and sound biblical theology side by side. As perhaps was intended by its editors . . . Keeping God’s Earth would make a useful introduction for students or other audiences looking for a scholarly but accessibly overview.

— Stephen Blackmer
The Living Church


This is an excellent resource for enabling informed reflection on environmental issues from a biblical perspective.

— D.W. Rooke
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament


The book is well produced and, with good documentation, quality footnotes, suggestions for further reading and subject and scripture references, excellent value for money.

— Rev. Alex Gilmore
The Baptist Times