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Young-Earth creationism, paganism, Earth Day, and 20 questions

Is Earth Day an opportunity for Christians to serve and witness, or a pagan and secular holiday that is inherently anti-Christian?

Many Evangelical Christians are highly suspicious of the environmental movement. Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham wrote about Earth Day on his blog today, calling it “Eliminating All References To Him Day.” To many Christians such as Ham, Earth Day is a pagan, anti-Christian holiday, and an example of humans putting the creation over the Creator.

On the other hand, there is a growing “creation care” movement within Evangelicalism, with groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network advocating for various environmental issues.

Here are some questions:

  1. Is Earth Day an opportunity for Christians to serve and witness, or a pagan and secular holiday that is inherently anti-Christian?
  2. Is the creation out there just for our good, or are we here for the creation’s good as well?
  3. A central YEC teaching is that Adam’s fall into sin brought radical changes to the Earth. How does this influence YEC perspectives on environmental issues?
  4. How can Christians advocate creation care without putting the creation over the creator?
  5. What are ways that a Christian could participate in a community Earth Day fair?
  6. Can a Christian be a member of the Sierra Club?
  7. Is it a sin to pollute?
  8. Is wilderness a good thing, or something to be brought actively under human dominion?
  9. Is the only good animal a tamed animal?
  10. Is the only good resource an exploited resource?
  11. Can humans really harm the Earth, or is it resilient enough to take whatever we can do to it?
  12. What is our responsibility to our children in regards to natural resources?
  13. What is our responsibility to people who might live 1000 years from now in regards to natural resources?
  14. Will the Earth be destroyed or renewed when Christ returns?
  15. What would Jesus drive?
  16. Is consumerism and materialism consistent with Jesus’ teachings on wealth?
  17. Are there limits to economic growth? Is more always better?
  18. Is it true that only wealthy societies have the resources and leisure to be concerned about the environment?
  19. If a sparrow falls to the ground, does God care?
  20. If the global temperature were to rise by 2°C by 2100, and sea level were to rise by a couple meters, displacing millions, how would this impact Evangelical Christianity?

Grace and Peace

 

April 22, 2013 - Posted by | Creation Care, Environment | ,

5 Comments »

  1. Earth Day is a good day to be a witness. The Bible clearly commands to take care of the resources He’s given us freely so it is an opportunity to show it. Blessings, Paulo

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    Comment by Paulo R Brito | April 23, 2013

  2. Good questions. As a christian my problems are usually with the solutions offered by the radical environmental movement, their solutions often cause more problems than they solve. Take climate change for example, reasons to believe has this to say about it and i agree:

    “The estimated costs for removal exceed 1 trillion dollars per 1 part per million (ppm) of CO2 removed from the global atmosphere. However, some semi-realistic approaches to slow annual global CO2 increases seem to be developing, such as CO2 snow deposition and wind farms in Antarctica.7 Returning CO2 levels to 350 ppm (a goal advocated by some climate policy advocates) could potentially approach 50 trillion dollars, a value not substantially smaller than that of the global economy. Furthermore, the global economy would have to stop emitting CO2 at levels that increase emissions. At present, CO2 emissions typically rise by about 2 ppm per year, where the total CO2 concentration is about 394 ppm.”

    Their solution is also one that seems reasonable but no secular environmentalists would agree with it i would guess:

    “Perhaps a greater recognition that climate will change in the future regardless of the causes would allow society to place more emphasis on adaptation strategies that focus on local and/or regional scales rather than attempting “top-down” approaches that rely too heavily on climate models with sometimes questionable accuracy, especially for regional-scales.10 Regional-based approaches would allow planners, local leaders, and society at-large to better focus on climate extremes that will sooner or later occur in a given region. This focus would, in turn, help populations to better plan and prepare for responses to extreme events such as drought, flooding, earthquakes, or other difficulties that extend beyond climate-related problems (such as emergency response”

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    Comment by Dan | April 23, 2013

  3. Dan – are you personally doing anything to reduce your carbon footprint? Driving a small car? Using public transportation, if possible? Switching out the incandescent bulbs in your house to LED bulbs? I’ve noticed many people use this “I don’t like top-down approaches” as an excuse to do nothing.

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    Comment by tkhelble | April 23, 2013

  4. Another question — What are actions should we be taking as a society that would be wise moves whether or not anthropogenic global warming is an issue? I am thinking of things like those mentioned by tkhelble—fuel efficient cars, public transportation, better lighting technologies—that help to stretch out limited natural resources, which would be good no matter what happens with the climate.

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    Comment by geochristian | April 23, 2013

  5. In the last 10 years i have done a lot of research on the carbon footprint and have come to the conclusion that there is nothing that can be done if it is manmade and nothing that can be done if it isn’t. The solutions people give will do nothing to stop it and will problably mean massive famines in areas like Africa (i was born in Africa), China, and India if they are forced to reduce their carbon footbrints dramatically. I do not view carbon as a pollutant.

    That said, fuel efficiency IS a big deal to me, and so is wise use and shepherding of resources like fuel efficient cars public transportation, etc. I know they are related but i view them as separate issues: one is wise use of limited resources, the other has no good solutions as the 3rd world wants to join the first world and wants to use as much carbon as we do so they can join the 1st world. Every solution i’ve heard of will NOT solve the issue and will result only in massive amounts of deaths and economic poverty (if we over tax things like methane producing cows or people or land). I am willing step to step on the ‘efficiency’ band wagon (and my home shows it) but carbon footprinting is a non-starter for me and i think the numbers back me up….see above post. If you have different numbers for me, i’m willing to listen.

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    Comment by Dan | April 24, 2013


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