Are you doing anything to celebrate Earth Day today?
I’ve never paid much attention to the the day before, but this year I’m determined to change that. I’m reading through Francis Schaeffer’s book, Pollution and the Death of Man, and finding it provocative and convicting. Here’s a good review (from my favorite bookstore!) to peak your interest:
In Pollution and the Death of Man theologian Francis Schaeffer (along with his son-in-law Udo Middlemann in the current edition) address stewardship of creation in the context of the historic Fall of man into sin. What is environmentalism within a biblical worldview? This is the larger question addressed-contrasting a biblically informed understanding with the dominant Materialist world view.
Schaeffer writes that there are two categories of ecological sins: the sins of poor stewardship and the sins of idolizing creation in place of worshipping the creator. The Bible teaches that nature was radically changed due to the original sin of man. The bible teaches that this original environmental damage, as described in Genesis, extends beyond the borders of our planet in the places man has never been.
Many contemporary Christian books on environmentalism use the Bible to call for stewardship of creation in the context of finding common ground with environmentalist materialists. When Christian writers take this approach, they typically fail to explain the reason why things are the way they are because of the effects of original sin.
Schaeffer brings us back to the basics. This world is not the same as when God created it and said it was good. The sin of Adam changed the way nature functioned-the curse, the damage, the new ways of death in the world, radically changed the lives and behaviors of men and animals. Man’s sin introduced entropy, extinction of species, genetic degradation over time, and unnatural death to all living things-thousands of years before anyone ever littered any beach, paved over any land, or cut down any rainforest.
By the way, I’d like to read more Christian thoughts on environmentalism. What books do you recommend? ‘