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Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature

Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature

In a readable and concrete style, Sallie McFague crafts a Christian spirituality centered on nature as the focus of our encounter with the divine. Reorienting our religious life from the "supernatural" to the "super, natural," she suggests, can help us "see these earth others . . . as both subjects in themselves and as intimations of God."

In fascinating discussions of city planning and wilderness, of photography, hiking, gardening, recycling, urban decay, and poverty, but also of incarnation, embodiment, and sacramentality. McFague urges the reader's conversion from "the arrogant eye" to "the loving eye." She suggests many ways people can cultivate encounters with nature and engagement in justice.

McFague's marvelous and moving new book tutors us in wonder, delight, and love.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800630768
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 207
  • Publication Date April 4, 1997


"Super, Natural Christians is super! It is Sallie McFague's greatest book so far: powerfully focused, richly intertextual, lucid yet elegant." — Catherine Keller, Drew University

"Well done! No one else has turned their hand to this topic with such surety, calmness, insight, and an urgency that is utterly convincing. A beautiful book."
— Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of She Who Is

"Sallie McFague is a prominent figure among the growing number of theologians who have been attempting to rethink the Christian understanding of God's and humanity's place in the physical world."
— Chronicle of Higher Education


"Years ago when I first came to British Columbia to hike, I was startled and delighted by the province's tourist advertising slogan. It read: 'Super, Natural British Columbia.' I remember thinking, That is the proper use of the word supernatural." It should always have a comma."