This lecture is on the care of creation. Francis Bacon was the first person to understand the dominion given to humans at Creation as a task for the progressive exploitation of the resources of creation for the improvement of human life. Before this, people had taken the command of Genesis 1:28 as authorizing the ordinary ways in which people already made use of non-human creation - i.e. farming, hunting, fishing, etc.
The biblical account of creation, as well as the manner in which the Bible shows the relationship between man and creation, warrants a biblical study on the theology of the environment. This article shows that the biblical teaching of creation and the role of man as the image of God in creation shapes this perspective on the environment.
This article analyses the thoughts of John Calvin on ecology using the approach of redemptive history. The author discusses Calvin's view on the goodness of creation, and concept of being imitators of God in preserving nature. Christians can enjoy the goodness of nature and be sensitive to its fragile nature without embracing secular environmentalism.
Social responsibility is highly regarded by many Christians today. Biblical motivation for social responsibility is often found in the Old Testament or in Jesus' teaching. This author maintains that the apostle Paul's theology also includes the concepts of justice, care for the oppressed, and care for creation.
In theology, the term "nature" has several distinct usages. Bauckham explains that he wishes to focus on the modern usage of the term, namely, as it refers to "the observable non-human world." He critiques such usage, explaining that it tends toward a focus on the natural environment of human life on "our" planet. Bauckham's concern is that a misleading distinction between "nature" and humanity can easily be supposed.
What is a good Christian theological basis for protecting and developing the environment and the ecological system? After giving an overview of the environmental crisis the world is in, the author reflects on the threefold office of believers as prophets, priests, and kings, as it applies to the Christian and the environment.
How important should matters of environmental stewardship and ecology be for Christians? Davis argues in this article that deficiencies in the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of the atonement in some recent evangelical systematic theology textbooks have contributed to a lack of Christian stewardship in the area of environmental matters.