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Christian Environmental Ethics Essay

  • 19 May 2009, 9:14 PM#1

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    Christianity Environmental ethics essay

    hey guys. i do 1 unit sor and we have to do an essay on environmental ethics in christianity.
    any ideas on what to write about would be appreciated

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  • 19 May 2009, 9:24 PM#2

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    Re: Christianity Environmental ethics essay

    i think a good topic would be something along the lines of 'to what extent does Christianity teach pro-environmental values'. or even the counter argument. there are plenty of bible passages regarding the environment specifically, but also about the environment's place relative to other things.

    you can google it as well, there is much debate about it so you're bound to find lots of good stuff on it.


    some bible passage references that you could use for most topics includeeee

    1. "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it." (Psalm 50:7-12)
    2. He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth: (wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart. The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees. The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys. The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening. How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number-- living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. (Psalm 104:10-28)
    3. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
    4. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:3-9)
    5. How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us." (Jeremiah 12:4)
    6. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15)



    also another good thing to mention would be about christian environmental groups. it would show you've used a broad range of sources =]
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  • 6 Jul 2009, 10:59 PM#3

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    Re: Christianity Environmental ethics essay

    Hi all!

    Im also doing the same essay and Im not really sure on structure

    does anyone have a sample essay/response or just notes on structure??

    thanks


  • 9 Jul 2009, 5:46 PM#4

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    Re: Christianity Environmental ethics essay

    Do you have an actual question that needs addressing?
    Or do you have to make one up?

    Seems a bit pointless asking for help in such a broad syllabus area without actually stating what it is you need help with!

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    Originally Posted by funkinawesome

    hey guys. i do 1 unit sor and we have to do an essay on environmental ethics in christianity.
    any ideas on what to write about would be appreciated

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  • 19 Jul 2009, 7:32 PM#5

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    Re: Christianity Environmental ethics essay

    yea i have a similar essay to do.
    my question is:
    'Demonstrate how the teachings of Christianity are applied to Environmental Ethics'
    any help??


  • Christians And The Environmental Ethics Essay

    An environmentalist is a person worships the environment and cares for nature more than people. Christians and others share the common perception that environmental ethics exist for how human beings should relate to the land, the free market perceptive and the environmental perceptive. Humans share a relationship with all creations of the earth. But as humans, they find themselves as having a role in the created order which is they have a closer relationship with the creator who has charged them with acting responsible within his creation. Even allowing a common complaint of environmental activists is that Stewardship means that the earth was made exclusively because of human beings - that having dominion upper nature is the same as having the power and directly of domination. Christians consequently share a close relationship by means of the whole of aspects of creation, since in relation to the environment, its unbroken humanity, not unbroken nature, that's seen to be the problem. Stewardship in simple terms means to manage someone else’s property. Christians proclaims that everything belong to God, so as Christians, we need to have the attitude that our belongings are his belongings. As stewards, we have the responsibility of being in charge of the earth. We have been placed in charge and are responsible for whatever happens to it, even though it does not belong to us, as we all know it belong to God. In Genesis 2:15, God took man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it.

    Christian’s duties as being a responsible steward need to manage God’s belongings to the best of their ability. Only the Christian has the proper foundation for understanding people's true responsibility to care for the earth(Christians Answers.net).
    In the public eye, there are two viewed suggestions. First, when the human reflects from the mirror the pictured is reflected as ordinary, insatiable, and preying. When looked at from the environment, the humanity is wild humanity, not fierce nature which seemed to be the problem. Secondly, now the role seems to be confused. Since post-modern relativism came to dominance, the earlier assumption that humans had a purpose in the world, deriving from authority over other creatures, has given a way to a sense that any attempt to define the human task must be ‘specialism’. Stewardship within the church is restricted as financial and thrift. Stewardship Committees duties in the church is to encourage the members to financial giving. Destruction when it happens seems to affect the people that are poor or live in poverty the most, then according to the Bible and the Commandments for love and compassion, it is the Christians responsibility to care for them and the environment for that reason alone. Christians seek to develop new approaches to environmental ethics which rely on principle of faith, tolerance and care. Christians should put a lot of emphasis on communication. ...

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