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Tim Gorringe follows up his positively reviewed 2002 book A Theology of the Built Environment with this offering from the same publisher. The former book was notable as a sustained attempt to think theologically about the ‘built environment’. The built environment is the context that humans construct for themselves through their industry and technology; it comprises all types of physical settlements (cities, suburbs, towns, and villages), roads and transportation systems, parks and outdoor spaces, and buildings of every sort. It matters to humans how we build social spaces, for this influences our individual flourishing and the common good. While any such investigation has its precursors, Gorringe, looking back on his previous work, can rightly claim to have ‘energise[d] what was at best a very partial conversation’ (p. 13). His new book aims to extend this conversation—more extensively than did the previous book—to the ‘global emergency’, which are the crises created by humans’ impact on the natural environment taking shape in population growth, climate change, and resource depletion.


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