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Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
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Christian Environmental Ethics
Christian Environmental Ethics
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Christian Environmental Ethics

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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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  • 1. Christian Environmental Ethics describe and explain Christian ethical teachings on environmental ethics
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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).
  • 7. Principles
    • Fruitfulness — Scripture commands us to tend creation so that it can be preserved and regenerate itself (Deuteronomy 22:6-7).
  • 8. 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?
  • 9. Principles
    • Covenant — God made a very specific covenant with all life (Genesis 9:8-17); it is not to be destroyed.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Warnings
    • - Although animals matter greatly, they do not trump humans, who remain their ‘rulers’. So the Bible is not zoocentric.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Find examples

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