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The Principles underlying environmental ethics in Christianity. For my lovely 2U SOR Students.

The Principles underlying environmental ethics in Christianity. For my lovely 2U SOR Students.

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    Christian Environmental Ethics Christian Environmental Ethics Presentation Transcript

    • Christian Environmental Ethics describe and explain Christian ethical teachings on environmental ethics
    • Principles
      • Goodness of Creation — Scripture expresses God's delight at the myriad of species. Genesis I pronounces them "good." The creation story also repeats the word "kinds" (seven times in five verses), showing that God gave special attention to variety.
    • Principles
      • God’s Joy — Throughout Scripture, we find the Creator rejoicing in his works (Psalms 104:24-25, 31, etc.) and paying attention to even the most insignificant (Matthew 10:29). God describes his creatures with awe, admiration, and pleasure.
    • Principles
      • God’s Concern — Matthew 10:29-31 offers, "Not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of the Father." This reveals an intense involvement in the daily, seemingly inconsequential affairs of creation. It reveals a God who is not a scientist collecting cold data, but a Creator intimately leading creation toward the accomplishment of his will. Also revealed is the supreme value of the human creation.
    • Principles
      • Human Responsibility Toward Creation — Humans have a very special and exalted place within creation (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalms 8:3-8, Matthew 10:31). However, Scripture provides us with no mandate or calling to destroy; our commission is to serve as stewards of creation (Genesis 1:28, 2:15). Genesis 1:28 is a strong passage that refers to ruling over creation. The ancient Hebrew word is redah and it generally is used to describe the righteous and loving rule of a good and kindly king.
    • Principles
      • Human Concerns — Most Scripture would seem to lend support for preserving species for their own sake. Scripture also teaches that humans can enjoy the benefits of creation (Genesis 1:29-30). It would be difficult to enjoy the benefits of something that no longer exists. Also, all creation is to enjoy these benefits as well (Genesis 1:30).
    • Principles
      • Fruitfulness — Scripture commands us to tend creation so that it can be preserved and regenerate itself (Deuteronomy 22:6-7).
    • Principles
      • God Sustains — The Bible says that God sustains his creation (Psalms 145:15-16, Matthew 6:26,30). By what calling do humans override God's involvement with what he has made?
    • Principles
      • Covenant — God made a very specific covenant with all life (Genesis 9:8-17); it is not to be destroyed.
    • Principles
      • God’s Will — In the Noah story, God has revealed his will that all life be preserved (Genesis 6:19-20, 7:1-3, 7:14-16, 8:17), and in such a way that it may regenerate itself (Genesis 6:19b, 20b, 7:3b, 8:17c). Natural extinctions will sometimes occur as a part of God's will, but this is not a human prerogative.
    • Warnings
      • - Although humankind is rated very highly, the biblical picture is not anthropocentric. God loves his world, including the parts that have nothing to do with humans.
    • Warnings
      • - Although animals matter greatly, they do not trump humans, who remain their ‘rulers’. So the Bible is not zoocentric.
    • Warnings
      • - Although all living things matter, a hierarchy of sorts makes it permissible that humans and animals eat animals and plants. The biblical picture is not biocentric.
    • Warnings
      • - Although the biblical authors are able to paint enormous verbal pictures of entire ecosystems, individual humans, plants and animals are still to be cared for. The Bible is not ecocentric.
      • The Scriptures are THEOCENTRIC – creation revolves around God
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