Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why Christians (Should) Make Better Environmentalists

From OT Scholar John Walton (The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, p. 145-46),
When the cosmos is viewed in secular terms, it is hard to persuade people to respect it unless they can be convinced that it is in their own best interests to do so. If it is secular, it is easy to think of it only as a resource to be exploited....But when we adopt the biblical perspective of the cosmic temple (that God's dwelling is within the cosmos, Is. 66:1-2), it is no longer possible to look at the world (or space) in secular terms. It is not ours to exploit. We do not have natural resources, we have sacred resources....The cosmos is his place, and our privileged place in it is his gift to us. The blessing he granted was that he gave us the permission and the ability to subdue and rule. We are stewards.

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