Flashcards in Christianity Depth Study: Environmental Ethics Deck (9)
General ethics come from?
Jesus' commandment of love
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden to work it and take care of it."
We have a responsibility to protect the environment & ensure it is fruitful
"The Earth is the Lord's and everything in it."
"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom, you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."
From these scriptures, why do Christians look after the environment?
Because God shows his greatness through creation.
We honour & obey God by looking after creation.
St Francis of Assisi
Hildegard of Bingen
Jesus Christ - went out into nature to pray. Used imagery of nature.
General Environmental teachings include?
The 6 Key Principles:
1. Goods of the earth to be shared by all
2. Live in a safe & life-giving environment
3. Diversity of life has inherit value - i.e. glory of God
4. Appreciation of beauty is path to knowledge & love of God
5. Don't ignore the poor when solving environmental problems
6. New spirit of solidarity needed to resolve global issues.
Quote from the Venice Declaration - Pope JP 2
"What is required is an act of repentance… [A solution] can only be found if we undergo… an inner change of heart, which can lead to a change in… unsustainable patterns of consumption & production. A genuine conversion in Christ will enable us to change the way we think & act."