At 12:13 PM 1/14/00 -0800, Cliff Lundberg wrote:
> > Please consider this argument and forward to me [via Chadwick] any
> >comments, examples, or citations that you feel will be helpful....
> >The natural conclusion is that we have a higher moral sense that
> >guides us to protect our environment, not because we are
> >all descended from mother earth ( that would lead to self interest), but
> >because we are commissioned by our creator to preserve.
>This view seems to me antithetical to what The Bible teaches: that
>the earth and its creatures exist or not at God's pleasure, not ours;
>that we are to use up the earth and its biota unabashedly, that the holy
>should prosper; and that earthly life is merely a test and a temporary
>abode for us. I'd like to hear some biblical quotes about this 'commission
>I wish I could remember the name of Ronald Reagan's controversial
>secretary of the interior, steward of nation's resources; controversial
>because he believed that judgment day was imminent, obviating any
>need for conservation.
>Cliff Lundberg ~ San Francisco ~ email@example.com
His name is James Watt. For a stewardship view of Christian responsibility
toward the environment, I recommend that you look into Cal DeWitt. He is
an ecologist and a specialist in wetlands. He is also a devout Christian
who does not believe that the Bible instructs us to "use" the environment,
but to be stewards of it.
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