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Bible,Theology, Science and the Environment

The Bible is our ultimate guide.  We have often overlooked the full message of the Bible which clearly demonstrates God's love and care for the whole of creation and his call to live just lives.  We are called to live the good news in all its fullness.

 

Read a range of useful thinking by Christian Scientists on the Bible, Science and the Environment


THE BIBLEGreen Bible

 

Two Bibles literally highlight the themes of God's love and care for creation and his call to live just lives.


Green Bible: Highlighted in green ink are all the rich and varied passages which speak directly of God's creation and right living with all of creation. The passages selected show us how God and Jesus interact with, care for, and are intimately involved with all of creation; how earth, air, water, plants, animals and humans are interdependent; how nature responds to God and finally how we are called to care for creation.  

 

 

Poverty and Justice Bible with over 2,000 references to poverty and justice highlighted.  There are many references to God’s guidance for eco friendly lifestyles which protect creation and ensure food and justice for all.Tim Farron with Poverty & Justice Bible, Westminster
 

 

 

Bible Verses on caring for God’s creation:  

Biblical Reflections on ‘Live Simply’

 

Bible Study/Group study:
Try these Bible studies for house groups:
Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living Bible Studies

Between the Flood and the Rainbow: A Study Guide on Climate Change which has been produced by Operation Noah and supported by CAFOD, Columban Faith and Justice and the National Justice and Peace Network
CAFOD
Creation Challenge: (Baptist, Methodist & URC) Bible Study resources

Christian Ecology Link
Eco Congregations, Module 6: Bible Studies for church groups  

 


 

THEOLOGY, SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

CTIC Joint Statement of the Churches of Cumbria:  God, Nature and Climate Change God, Nature & Climate Change

 


CTIC Environment Group

The advice and influence of the CTIC Environment Group has been used by church leaders, politicians and individuals to further the understanding of God’s creation. The constant theme is that humanity must learn to share the generosity of  creation and our mother Earth, with all people and the rest of creation, so that a sustainable future can be achieved.

The Group published REPORT 2000 and subsequently two series of Discussion Papers in 2001 and 2002 (thanks to funding from the Stuart Bowman Foundation and the Waste Management Environment Trust). All have been distributed freely and widely within the County, nationally and abroad.

Cumbria County Library: Understanding the Environment Collection.  The Environment Group has encouraged Cumbria County Library to develop an Understanding the Environment book collection.  Titles can be ordered through your local library.

 

 'CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE' RESOURCES:

1. Responses to Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion"

 Darwins Angel, An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion by John Cornwell, Profile, 2007, 160pp, £9.99.
The Dawkins Delusion: Alister McGrath's book which is a reply to Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion"
The God disunion: there is a place for faith in science, insists Lord Winston: article in the Guardian (25 April 2007).
Books:
–The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister McGrath with Joanna Collicutt McGrath, SPCK, 2007, 78pp, £8 from CiS books
–The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths by David Robertson, Christian Focus, 2007, 125pp, £4.99
–Deluded by Dawkins? A Christian Response to The God Delusion by Andrew Wilson, Kingsway, 2007, 112pp, £5.99

 

2. Responses to Richard Dawkins' TV series: The Root of all Evil

Channel 4's "The Root of all Evil", presented by Richard Dawkins was aired in January 2006. This interview, between Richard Dawkins and Alister Mcgrath was cut completely from the final version, and is now available on both Dawkins and McGrath's websites.
Madeleine Bunting responds to Dawkins in 07 Jan Guardian

3. Francis Collins and Richard Dawkins

Excerpts from a debate between Francis Collins and Richard Dawkins arranged by TIME in the Time & Life Building in New York City on 30 September 2006.

 

4. Alistair McGrath and Richard Dawkins

McGrath - Dawkins debate at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, 26 March 2007.
Is God a Delusion? Atheism and the Meaning of Life - An online lecture (mp3), 22 October, by Prof. Alister McGrath, in response to Richard Dawkins' new book "The God Delusion"
Has Science eliminated God? Richard Dawkins and the Meaning of Life (talk at Cambridge University)
Dawkins' God: genes, memes and the meaning of life (book by McGrath).

 

5. Mike Poole and Dawkins debate in Science & Christian Belief

A Critique of Aspects of the Philosophy and Theology of Richard Dawkins, by Mike Poole.
Reply to Michael Poole, by Professor Richard Dawkins.
Response to Richard Dawkins' Reply, by Mike Poole.
 

 

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BOOKS

Here is a small selection of books on the environment and creation care:

Caring for Creation Biblical and Theological Perspectives by S Tillet, ed.

Cherishing the Earth, How to Care for God's Creation by M J Hodson and M R Hodson

God Doesn't Do Waste by Dave Bookless

How Bad are Bananas by Mike Berners-Lee

How Can I stop Climate Change? Friends of the Earth

L is for Lifestyle by Ruth Valerio

Planetwise by Dave Bookless

Prosperity Without Growth: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Saving Planet Earth by C Russell
The Green Consumer Guide by J Elkington and Julia Hailes

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

The Book reviews below have been written by John Smith, former Chair CTIC Environment Group

 
Prosperity Without Growth: Economics  for a Finite Planet. Tim Jackson, Earthscan, 2009. £12.99.
Both these books provide new thinking as to our future economy  in a period when Business as Usual ( BAU) is no longer an option. The argument is that economic growth, which provides employment , is no longer possible because we are  running out of resources; oil food fisheries etc, with an impossible environmental impact. The discussion is how to reduce that environmental impact, de-growth the economy and find a new prosperity  where  economic growth is not part of the social equation. These are new approaches to economics, a suggestion that the future is a comfortable austerity for all of us, a questioning of the current economic values. These two books are new thinking with a suggestion that a prosperous future for all is possible in an economy which does not damage the environment on which we all depend.
Tim Jackson is Economics Commissioner for the SDC and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey.

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always do Better. Richard Wilkinson,  and Kate Pickett.   Allen Lane, 2009  £20.
This is an important book describing why rich societies the poor have shorter lives and inequalities of income are divisive and corrosive. Based on 30 years of social data the book argues that more unequal societies are bad for almost everyone.  Unequal means a significance difference between rich and poor. Three sections cover; Material Success and Social Failure , The Costs of Inequality and  A Better Society. Chapter 15  suggests how we can apply ‘ Equality and Sustainability.

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. James Hansen. Bloomsbury, 2009. £18.99.
James Hansen first brought the threats of global warming to the attention of the world in the 1980’s. This book is about a lifetimes study and  political action at the US Congress level. There is lot new in this book, such as the need to stop, now, mining and burning coal, the importance of new nuclear generators,  and the dangers of carbon dioxide, whether in the atmosphere or stored in perpetuity. There is much new in this book as it describes the scientific threats and opportunities humanity has caused  over the current century.  An argument to cut  the man made carbon pollution as an urgent  priority by the Director  of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies.

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. Stewart Brand. Atlantic  Books, 2009. £19.99
This book  is an argument that the environment movement must  reverse some of its long held opinions  and embrace new technologies such as genetic modification , nuclear power and other new technologies.  We have no option is an era of climate change to embrace technologies that were once regarded as a threat for time is short and risk must be taken. Many of these technologies are no longer risky and the green movement must now follow where science suggests opportunities. There is much new in this thinking, that is a total opposite to the social changes suggested by Tim Jackson, above. A readable technical book that will stretch our minds. The only regret is the lack of an index.

 

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