Creation Care as Christian Witness

Environmental concern is viewed by many Christians as peripheral, at best, to what the Church is all about. But environmentalism is a profoundly spiritual and moral matter. At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, it was declared that “the ecological crisis is a symptom of the spiritual crisis of the human being, resulting from ignorance.” And Maurice Strong, (the secretary general of the summit), stated that “any workable decisions made … will have to have deep moral, spiritual and ethical roots if they are to be successfully implemented.” Way back in 1967, Lynne White Jr wrote  “What we do about ecology depends on our ideas of the man-nature relationship. More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecologic crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one.”

So how important is environmental concern to the vocation and witness of the Church? A couple of years ago I wrestled with this in a paper I wrote for a course at seminary. I offer it here not as a last word, but as a further contribution in our efforts to understand more clearly what it means for us to represent the character and intentions of God in this world. Just click on the following link …

Creation Care as Christian Witness: A Biblical Basis