Christians leading masses to Earth-love

Now, I certainly don’t mean Earth-worship. Just Earth-love, good for you and good for me. That’s what this blog is about.

Hmm… I can’t think of a way to frame this link, I just have to show it to you: Activist Fail. This is when you know you’ve gone too far. …Then again, I dunno. Do you feel sad that a 250 year old organism, whose biomass was 1,500 times your own, was killed to supply you with extra-soft toilet paper or tissues? I do. That’s why when I can get away with it, I sneak in some of the recycled stuff into our grocery cart.

Davey Woods near Urbana, Ohio. It's the nearest old-growth forest to Cedarville/Dayton/Springfield. Photo from the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources

Davey Woods near Urbana, Ohio. It's the nearest old-growth forest to Cedarville/Dayton/Springfield. Photo from the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources

(Did you know: a general rule of thumb is, the softer the toilet paper or facial tissue, the more virgin and/or “old-growth” timber was used to produce it?)

Who knows, maybe those people in the video have gone too far, essentially lowering God (if they think there is one) below nature. But that wasn’t necessarily apparent in the video.

Now that some of my Cedarville audience thinks I’m crazy, I’ll tell them why loving the Earth is not. This article, from the journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, features a condensed version of the Christian philosophical justification for caring for the environment. (And the author, Fred Van Dyke, knows his stuff. Look at his bio on the first page.) The piece is 15 pages of text, but you only really need to read the first 3-4 for the good stuff. As an added bonus, the article describes that Christians are actually on the forefront of the environmental movement.

Read it? Good. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is and live this stuff out. The respect of the entire scientific and intellectual worlds is at stake.

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