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This is one of the most exciting movements I've heard about in a long time:<br><br><br><br>
"An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation<br><br><br><br>
The Earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof - Psalm 24:1<br><br><br><br>
As followers of Jesus Christ, committed to the full authority of the Scriptures, and aware of the ways we have degraded creation, we believe that biblical faith is essential to the solution of our ecological problems.<br><br><br><br>
Because we worship and honor the Creator, we seek to cherish and care for the creation.<br><br><br><br>
Because we have sinned, we have failed in our stewardship of creation. Therefore we repent of the way we have polluted, distorted, or destroyed so much of the Creator's work.<br><br><br><br>
Because in Christ God has healed our alienation from God and extended to us the first fruits of the reconciliation of all things, we commit ourselves to working in the power of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of Christ in word and deed, to work for the reconciliation of all people in Christ, and to extend Christ's healing to suffering creation.<br><br><br><br>
Because we await the time when even the groaning creation will be restored to wholeness, we commit ourselves to work vigorously to protect and heal that creation for the honor and glory of the Creator---whom we know dimly through creation, but meet fully through Scripture and in Christ. We and our children face a growing crisis in the health of the creation in which we are embedded, and through which, by God's grace, we are sustained. Yet we continue to degrade that creation.<br><br><br><br>
These degradations of creation can be summed up as 1) land degradation; 2) deforestation; 3) species extinction; 4) water degradation; 5) global toxification; 6) the alteration of atmosphere; 7) human and cultural degradation.<br><br><br><br>
Many of these degradations are signs that we are pressing against the finite limits God has set for creation. With continued population growth, these degradations will become more severe. Our responsibility is not only to bear and nurture children, but to nurture their home on earth. We respect the institution of marriage as the way God has given to insure thoughtful procreation of children and their nurture to the glory of God.<br><br><br><br>
We recognize that human poverty is both a cause and a consequence of environmental degradation.<br><br><br><br>
Many concerned people, convinced that environmental problems are more spiritual than technological, are exploring the world's ideologies and religions in search of non-Christian spiritual resources for the healing of the earth. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that the Bible calls us to respond in four ways:<br><br><br><br>
First, God calls us to confess and repent of attitudes which devalue creation, and which twist or ignore biblical revelation to support our misuse of it. Forgetting that "the earth is the Lord's," we have often simply used creation and forgotten our responsibility to care for it.<br><br><br><br>
Second, our actions and attitudes toward the earth need to proceed from the center of our faith, and be rooted in the fullness of God's revelation in Christ and the Scriptures. We resist both ideologies which would presume the Gospel has nothing to do with the care of non-human creation and also ideologies which would reduce the Gospel to nothing more than the care of that creation.<br><br><br><br>
Third, we seek carefully to learn all that the Bible tells us about the Creator, creation, and the human task. In our life and words we declare that full good news for all creation which is still waiting "with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God," (Rom. 8:19).<br><br><br><br>
Fourth, we seek to understand what creation reveals about God's divinity, sustaining presence, and everlasting power, and what creation teaches us of its God-given order and the principles by which it works.<br><br><br><br>
Thus we call on all those who are committed to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to affirm the following principles of biblical faith, and to seek ways of living out these principles in our personal lives, our churches, and society."<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.creationcare.org/resources/declaration.php" target="_blank">http://www.creationcare.org/resources/declaration.php</a>
 

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Wow thats all I can say really.<br><br><br><br>
My faith pretty much centers around care of the earth but I think this is the first time I have seen it pushed to the forfront in christianity, I think thats great.
 

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I think this movement has tremendous potential for good, I'm very encouraged by it.
 

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E.O. Wilson has a new book called "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth" out, which I haven't read yet, but the title really says it all. Far too many books I still want to read...
 

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It seems concern for the earth is becoming more Christian of late.<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><b>The Earth</b><br><br><br><br>
In Genesis 2:15, God instructed Adam to “till” and “keep” the Garden of Eden, and by analogy we may see caring for God’s Creation as our sacred task. The typical meat eater’s diet can easily consume up to 14 times more water and 20 times more energy than that of a vegetarian. Indeed, current use of land, water, and energy is not sustainable; resource depletion threatens to cause hardships for humankind this century. Already, 40 percent of the world’s agricultural lands are seriously degraded.</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/cva/honoring.htm" target="_blank">http://www.all-creatures.org/cva/honoring.htm</a>
 

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In a recent Animal Voices radio show, there's an <a href="http://www.animalvoices.ca/files/20060926_steven_best_2.mp3" target="_blank">interview</a> (<- mp3 file) with a Christian scholar who argues that the Bible has not only an ecological message but (as far as I know) a message of (radical) ecoactivism. She has written an article/essay called "In the Beginning: God Created the Earth and 'Ecoterrorism'".
 

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Here's an interview with Wilson: <a href="http://media.newscientist.com/data/av/podcast/newsci-20060928-eowilson-part-1.mp3" target="_blank">Part 1</a>, <a href="http://media.newscientist.com/data/av/podcast/newsci-20060928-eowilson-part-2.mp3" target="_blank">Part 2</a> (mp3).
 
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