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When Time Is Short by Timothy Beal
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Aug 22, 2023 | ISBN 9780807008256

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“The novel exegesis and a nature-first perspective make for an original Christian take on climate change, and Beal’s reflections on mortality and extinction are powerful and moving (“What matters most when time becomes short is always what matters most”). Touching and sagacious, this elegiac meditation will enlighten.”
Publishers Weekly

“Beal’s book is a critical contribution to the conversation we must have as ecological disasters surround us. It is not a book of acquiescence but a humble call to live and act on a properly human, creaturely scale.”
—Ragan Sutterfield, Sojourners

“In this timely book, Timothy Beal invites us to face our collective human finitude. And it guides us to re-encounter biblical sources to find language that allows us to touch our ‘precarious wonder.’ This is a beautiful, courageous, and profound engagement with the most important questions of our times.”
—Mayra Rivera, author of The Touch of Transcendence and president of the American Academy of Religion

“Tim Beal is unmistakably among our most discerning public intellectuals, capable of both penetrating critical thought and generative imagination. When Time Is Short is in part a realistic requiem for a long-running indulgent cultural past; in part, it is an honest analysis of our persistent Promethean seduction and, in part, a manifesto for modest hope for responsible courageous living. Honest and hope-filled, it merits wide and sustained attention.”
—Walter Brueggemann, author of Sabbath as Resistance

“Timothy Beal’s encouragement for us to accept our death as a species, through rereadings of biblical texts warped by modern capitalism, invites a deeper understanding of ecological interdependence and the instructive power of grief. This deeply spiritual text is much needed.”
—Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora

“This book is a poem for the end-times. Beal provokes us to confront the omnicide around us and our finitude as a species. Yet he also offers a palliative vision of care: how to alleviate suffering and find hope, even in the darkest of times.”
—Kate Crawford, author of Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence

Table Of Contents

Introduction with Playlist

1. Soon, All of This Will Be Gone

2. Once We Were Like Gods

3. We Are the Gods Now

4. Gods with Anuses

5. Palliative Hope

6. Back to the Beginnings

7. Humus Being

8. No Hope Without Grief

9. Subsistentialism

Epilogue: Kids These Days


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