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Evangelical environmentalism

Evangelical environmentalism is an environmental movement in the United States in which some evangelicals have emphasized biblical mandates concerning humanity’s role as steward and subsequent responsibility for the care of creation. While the movement is focused on different environmental issues , it is best known for its focus on addressing climate action from a biblically grounded theological perspective.

Some Evangelical groups have allied with environmentalists in teaching knowledge and developing awareness of global warming . The National Association of Evangelicals, a non profit organization, is working to encourage lawmakers to pass a law that would have restrictions on carbon emissions in the United States. [1]

Overview

Evangelical environmentalists are committed to the authority of the Bible . Drawing from Genesis (Gen.) 2:15 [2:15] , humans are seen as caretakers (stewards) of God’s Creation. Genesis 2:15 states: “And the LORD God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.” Richard T. Ritenbaugh writes, “Tend (‘abad in Hebrew pronunciation) means” to work or serve “, and thus refers to the ground or a garden , it possesses the nuance seen in the King James Version ‘s choice in its translation: “dress”, implying adornment, embellishment, and improvement.clarification needed ]Keep (Hebrew shamar) means “to exercise great care over”.

From an Evangelical Environmentalist perspective, the response to the ecological crisis involves the restoration of correct doctrine, the restoration of Christianity as a guide, and a balancing of the Bible and biology . It is important to Evangelical Environmentalists that they are not worshiping nature ; They feel obligated to the stewardship of creation because of their focus on the creator of nature. [2]

In Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet Merritt states the Noah Covenant is God entering Covenant with all the Earth by citing Gen 9: 9-10. [3] Merritt continues from Gen 2:15 …

  • “Cultivate it and keep it” New American Standard Bible
  • ” New Life Translation”
  • “Work it and keep it” English Standard Version
  • “Take care of it and look after it” Holman Christian Standard Bible
  • “Till it and watch it” Revised Standard Version [4]
  • “Work the ground and keep it in order” The Message (Bible)

Specific actions

Many American religious organizations have a long record of opposing nuclear weapons . Rejecting the development and use of nuclear weapons is “… one of the most widely shared convictions across faith traditions”. In the midst of the 1980s, religious groups organized large anti-nuclear protests involving hundreds of thousands of people, and specific groups involved in the Southern Baptist Convention and the Episcopal Church .

In February 2006, a group of 86 evangelical Christian leaders notable US lancé the Evangelical Climate Initiative , a campaign for environmental reform, calling it all Christians to push for federal legislation That Would Reduce carbon dioxide emission in an attempt to global warming stem .

Televangelist Pat Robertson changed his stance on global warming. In October 2005, Robertson accusé the Evangelical Climate Initiative of teaming up with “far-left environmentalists’ goal in the summer of 2006 On His 700 Clubtelevision show, Robertson Stated That” they’re making a convert out of me. ” He also said “We really need to address the burning of fossil fuels .”

In March 2008, a group of Southern Baptist leaders Issued a statement That Their denomination HAD beens timid When it cam to environmental issues and That They Have a duty to stop global warming. This declaration was signed by the President of the Congregation. The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States with 16.3 million members. [5]

Michael Banach, the Vatican representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency , told a conference in 2011 that the Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster created. Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka Michael Goro Matsuura said this nuclear power disaster should encourage Japan and other countries to abandon nuclear projects. He called on worldwide Christian solidarity to provide wide support for an anti-nuclear campaign. Statements from bishops’ conferences in Korea and the Philippines called on your governments to abandon atomic power. Columban priest Fr Seán McDonagh has written a book entitled Is Fukushima the Death Knell for Nuclear Energy? .[6] Nobel laureate Kenzaburō Ōe has said Japan should quickly abandon its nuclear reactors. [7]

Criticism

In January 2006, a group of evangelicals opposed to the Evangelical Climate Initiative’s stance and issued a letter to the NAE which stated that “global warming is not a consensus issue, and our love for the Creator and respect for His creation does not require us to take a supporting position [supporting a cap and trade tax increase] “. In 2007 the New York Times reported, “leaders of the conservative Christian wing of the Republican Party, including James Dobson, Gary Bauer and Paul Weyrich, told the policy director of the NAE, the Rev. Richard Cizik , to shut up already about global warming. ” [8]

Ann Coulter focuses on Genesis 1 : 27-28 which gives dominion to humanity over nature. Ann Coulter claims: “God gave us the earth,” said God, “Earth is yours, take it, it’s yours.” [9] Lynn White (1967) This is a common view among Christians, but the accuracy of this statement is debatable.

In 2008, a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life , found that 31% of white Evangelical Protestants did not believe that earth is warming. 34% of white Evangelical Protestants thought it was safe, but 17% did not believe that warming was due to human impacts. 47% of the total US population believe that the earth is warming because of human influences and 58% of unaffiliated Americans believe that global warming due to human impacts is real.

See also

  • Anthropogenic hazard
  • Bill Moyers
  • Christian views on environmentalism
  • Cornwall Alliance
  • dispensationalism
  • Dominion Theology
  • Evangelical Climate Initiative
  • Noahic Covenant
  • Stewardship
  • The Green Bible

References

  1. Jump up^ Michael Janofskyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/07/politics/07air.html
  2. Jump up^ Kearns, L. 1997. Noah’s Ark Goes to Washington: A Profile of Evangelical Environmentalism. Social Compass ,44: 349-366.
  3. Jump up^ Merritt, Jonathan (2010)Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planetpage 59 (ISBN 978-0-446-55725-2)
  4. Jump up^ “Bible, Revised Standard Version” . quod.lib.umich.edu .
  5. Jump up^ “Southern Baptist leaders sign environment vow” . March 10, 2008.
  6. Jump up^ Sean McDonagh (March 6, 2012). “After Fukushima, Vatican joins the growing army of the opponents of nuclear power” . The Irish Times .
  7. Jump up^ Mari Yamaguchi (September 2011). “Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Winner Urges Japan To Abandon Nuclear Power” . Huffington Post .
  8. Jump up^ “Evangelical Environmentalism” . The New York Times . March 10, 2007.
  9. Jump up^ “Ann Coulter – Wikiquote” . en.wikiquote.org .

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