Living Water: An interdisciplinary exploration of water as a theological theme is an open-access book published by AOSIS Scholarly Books.
Water will undoubtedly become an ever more crucial locus of academic reflection, as Christiana Peppard’s concern that “wars of the future will be fought over water, not oil” (2014) stresses. Increasing water shortages worldwide and global warming of water, in particular the salt water of the oceans, beg further reflection, from natural and agricultural sciences, the legal field, and also from theology. As a basic human right, water is also closely connected to peace and justice issues. This book is an interdisciplinary undertaking looking at water as a theological symbol in the fields of theology, natural and agricultural sciences, and law. Providing reflections from a variety of disciplines within theology, as well as from other disciplines such as natural sciences and law from the South African context, this book makes a valuable contribution to knowledge in this field.
Copyright (c) 2023 Manitza Kotzé, Kobus van der Walt (Volume editor)
Living Water: An interdisciplinary exploration of water as a theological theme deals with the very significant and complex issue of water, as the authors discuss the necessity of water for human communities as a gift from God. The authors investigate the complexities of water in human communities and how water becomes a subject of war, conflict and destruction. In this book, the challenge of water is also regarded as an ethical dilemma, where issues of justice, stewardship and accountability become necessary when dealing with water crises or challenges. Christians in human communities are challenged to play a crucial role in water conservation. This book provides unique scholarly contributions and adds value to theological debates on climate change.
Dr Sipho Mahokoto, Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology,
Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa