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Prologue: Ring Lake Ranch, Wyoming ; Chapter One: The Double Irony of Reformed Spirituality: Nature, Desire and the Easily-Diverted Quest for God's Beauty ; Landscapes of Desire: The Whole World Singing: A Journey to Iona and Taize ; Chapter Two: John Calvin on the World as a Theater of God's Glory ; Landscapes of Desire: Can We Chant Psalms with All God's Creatures? ; Chapter Three: Nature and Desire in Seventeenth-Century Puritanism ; Landscapes of Desire: Open the Kingdom for a Cottonwood Tree ; Chapter Four: The Schooling of Desire: Nature's Purifying Role in Affliction ; Landscapes of Desire: Biodiversity and the Holy Trinity ; Chapter Five: Jonathan Edwards on Beauty, Desire, and the Sensory World ; Landscapes of Desire: On Pilgrimage with Jonathan Edwards ; Chapter Six: Transformed by Beauty: Environmental Ethics and the Wildness of God ; Epilogue: Dead Creek, East Saint Louis

About the Author

Belden C. Lane is Professor of Theological Studies, American Religion, and History of Spirituality at Saint Louis University and the author of The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality.


Lane scores on every shot . . . In addition to rich quotes from others, Lane offers his own memorable thoughts, his words elegant as brocade in color and texture, scholarly but never stultifying. * Publishers Weekly *

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