Christian History Timeline: Creation Care

Christians have talked about God’s creation as an inspiration and a responsibility for 2,000 years. All the books, people, and movements won’t fit in this timeline, but here are some highlights from this issue and (at the bottom) some world events for context.

natural philosophers and scientists  mystics and poets  monastics and theologians  famous publications  communal societies  environmental activists and stewards

Selected people, writings, and movements

Origen (c. 184–254)

Antony (c. 251–356)

Pachomius (c. 292–348)

Gregory of Nazianzus (329–390)

Basil of Caesarea (c. 330–379)

Augustine (354–430)

Rule of Saint Benedict (sixth century)

John Philoponus (490–570)

Pseudo-Dionysius (before 532)

John of Damascus (c. 675–749)

The Tale of Mac Datho’s Pig (c. 800)

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)

Hugh of St. Victor (1096–1141)

Cistercian Order established, 1098

Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)

Francis of Assisi (1181–1226)

Bonaventure (1221–1274)

Bonaventure, The Mind’s Journey into God (1259)

Meister Eckhart (c. 1260– c. 1328)

Gregory Palamas (1296–1357)

Johannes Tauler (1300–1361)

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543)

John Calvin (1509–1564)

Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564)

Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (1543)

Johannes Kepler (1571–1630)

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

George Herbert (1593–1633)

—George Herbert,The Temple (1633)

Robert Boyle (1627–1691)

Isaac Newton (1642–1727)

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) 

Seraphim of Sarov (1754–1833)

John Wesley, A Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation: or A Compendium of Natural Philosophy (1763)

Sojourner Truth (c. 1797–1883)

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) 

John Muir (1838–1914)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

Eberhard Arnold (1883–1935) 

Emmy Arnold (1884–1980) 

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) 

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918) 

Arnolds establish community in Sannerz, Germany, that becomes known as Bruderhof, 1920 

Alexander Schmemann (1921–1983)

Bruderhof moves to US, 1954

Wendell Berry (b. 1934) 

Annie Dillard (b. 1945)

A Rocha founded, 1983

Pope Francis, Laudato Si (2015)


Selected world events

Aristotle (384–322 BC)

—Mount Vesuvius erupts, 79

Galen (c. 129–c. 216) 

—Fall of Rome, 476

—“Little Ice Age” begins, c. 1300 

—Great Famine in Europe, 1315–1317 

—Black Death (bubonic plague) in Europe, 1340s–1360s 

—Fall of Constantinople, 1453

—Scientific Revolution begins, mid-1500s 

Izaac Walton, The Compleat Angler (1653) 

John Evelyn, Sylva (1664)

—Industrial Revolution begins, 1760s 

Thomas Robert Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)

—Modern conservation movement begins, mid 1800s

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) 

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

Thoreau, Walden (1854)

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[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #119 in 2016]

Jennifer Woodruff Tait
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