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Lack of Doctrinal Support in Christian Environmentalism: Yet Promising
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Though Christianity is less concerned about a man’s doctrinal responsibility to environment than to himself and others, the Christian notion about environment or Christian-environmentalism essentially evolves from the indirect biblical references to nature.
Referring this lack of Biblical concern about man’s responsibility to nature and environment, in an article, “Christianity: beliefs about care of the planet”, John Hansberry comments, “The Bible has very little else specific to say about the environment, but it explains the principles of stewardship (responsibility) for God’s creation” (1). Indeed the Bible does not directly tell anything about how man should interact with the environment; but concept of ‘nature’ occupies an important part of Christian faith. A devout Christian necessarily believes that the ‘nature’ or in a broader term, the ‘universe’ is the creation of God and man is merely God’s tenant in it. Depending on this doctrinal premise, scholars further build up the Christian environmentalism. Man as the tenant of God on earth should not perturb God’s house. Thus Christianity advocates for an intimate, harmonious and friendly relationship with nature. But the debates on Christianity-and-Environment relationship evolve from the claim that man has been created in the ‘image of God’ which necessarily entails that man is entitled with the ownership of this world. The Christian belief about the ‘ownership status’ of man is supported by the Bible as following: “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground”. ...
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