Friday, February 18, 2011

the Green Bible, an "Ecco-friendly" version of our scriptures

This will be a great bible for Santa Cruzians: the Green Bible.

I found a great compilation of quotes in this "unique" book in the Teachings on "Creation throughout the Ages" section, enjoy!

I do not worship matter. I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter, who worked out my salvation through matter….Because of this I salute all remaining matter with reverence, because God has filled it with his grace and power. Through it my salvation has come to me.
                                                                                    (John of Damascus, On the Divine Images 1:16)

Wherever I turn my eyes, around on Earth or to the heavens
I see You in the field of stars
I see You in the yield of the land
In every breath and sound, a blade of grass, a simple flower,
An echo of Your holy Name.
(Abraham ibn Ezra (1092-1167)

All creatures of ou God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing….
O brother wind, air, clouds, and rain, by which all creature ye sustain…
O sister water, flowing clear, make music for thy Lord to hear….
Dear mother earth, who day by day unfoldest blessings on our day….
O praise ye! Alleluia!
Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Thou art in small things great, not small in any….For thou art infinite in one and all.
George Herbert (1593-1633), “Providence”

All created things are living in the hand of God. The senses see only the action of the creatures, but faith sees in everything the action of God.
Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Abandonment to Divine Providence

All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), An Essay on Man

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
George Washington Carver (ca. 1864-1943)


The Green Bible will equip and encourage people to see God’s vision for creation and help them engage in the work of healing and sustaining the environment.  This first Bible of its kind will include the following distinctive features:
  • Green-Letter Edition: Verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green.
  • Contributions by Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, and many others.
  • An introduction to reading the Bible and the Old and New Testaments through a “green” lens, including what Jesus had to say about the environment.
  • A green Bible index and personal study guide.
  • Recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover.

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