As the sun sets on Earth Day 2015, at least in my time zone, I’m grabbing a few spare minutes to link up some good reading.
Here’s John Murdock on the narrow path of respecting human life and the planet that nurtures it.
Murdock again, on the history of Earth Day, its Christian roots, tangled though they may be. I remember 13 to 16 years ago, as a new believer and active environmentalist, how it drew me in to read about the tinge of environmentalism in Christianity and the tinge of Christianity in environmentalism, and how it saddened my heart to see how, again and again, people have felt forced to choose sides between the Creator and the creation. It has never seemed right to me that the two should ever be at odds.
But I can’t express the issue as well as the Pope just did.
Caring for the poor can be done sustainably, if the workers have the skills and tools to do so. By way of example, here’s a video on appropriate technology training for Christian aid workers:
The conflict between environmentalism and Christian principles comes about mainly when the subject is population. Anne Morse, writing for Christian News Wire, discusses the fallacy of depopulationism in this article at Crossmap.
Another source of conflict can come up when radical environmentalists confuse care with worship, and say that in order to care for the planet one must worship nature. But that argument is absurd on its face. Worship and care are two different things. We care for our family members, pets, homes and belongings, yet we do not worship them. Instead, we are in possession of the material world as stewards, with a duty to treat it well as a precious gift. The creation is a gift from the Creator. If you’re looking for a long read with endnotes, one that raises lots of good questions about the meaning of stewardship and how it relates to controversies in science and economics, here‘s an article at Acton.
Or, if you’re just looking for easy ways to do your part this year, this piece at the Christian Post might fill the bill.
In any case, I hope you had a happy Earth Day.