How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshiping Nature: A Christian's Call to Save Creation

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Creation was meant to glorify God. The task of the Christian, writes Tony Campolo, is not to worship nature, but to join with nature in worshiping God. "Being concerned about the environment is a biblically mandated command, and acting to rescue creation ... is a Christian obligation," Campolo says. Using the Bible and other Christian writings, Campolo builds a case for Christian environmentalism. He calls upon Christians to work for a "peaceable kingdom" of ecological harmony. "What must be made clear is that ...
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Creation was meant to glorify God. The task of the Christian, writes Tony Campolo, is not to worship nature, but to join with nature in worshiping God. "Being concerned about the environment is a biblically mandated command, and acting to rescue creation ... is a Christian obligation," Campolo says. Using the Bible and other Christian writings, Campolo builds a case for Christian environmentalism. He calls upon Christians to work for a "peaceable kingdom" of ecological harmony. "What must be made clear is that each of us has a responsibility to do something about our polluted and trashed creation right now. In anticipation of His coming, we must go to work today and contribute to the work which He will complete on the day of His coming." The consequences of Christian inaction are devastating. Few realize, for example, that more than half of all remedies in our pharmacies come from plants grown in tropical rain forests, rapidly being destroyed. So what can Christians who want to rescue the earth do? Plenty. Campolo outlines a practical way for churches and individuals to tackle environmental issues. He recommends taking an "environmental audit" to measure each church's response to conservation. He suggests turning church camps into ecological camps. And rather than membership pledges that stress only personal morality, he proposes a new covenant that includes commitment to environmental responsibility. Campolo also identifies key Christian outreach organizations that work to preserve the environment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780840777720
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 213

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Getting into It: Why This Book Is the Most Important I've Ever Written 1
2 Chicken Little Was Right: Facing an Environmental Disaster 9
3 Beating a Bum Rap: Putting the Blame for the Disaster on the Guilty 21
4 What in the World Is God Doing? A Look at the Thinking of the Eastern Orthodox Church 35
5 What the Thinkers Are Thinking: What Christian Theologians Have to Say 49
6 God in the Chicken Coop: The Sufferings of Animals 65
7 Paradise Lost: Sin and Salvation in Creation 77
8 Preaching Ourselves Green in the Face: Getting the Church into New Modes of Thinking 91
9 Missions with the World in Mind: New Dimensions for Christian Outreach 109
10 Some New Wine in Old Wineskins: An Invitation to Join with Nature in Worshiping God 121
11 The Greening of the Church: Getting the Church Involved in Environmental Concerns 133
12 Changing the World with a Majority of One: Focusing on Individual Responsibility 155
13 And Now the Red Flags: Warnings to Keep Us Out of the New Age Movement 173
14 The Heart of the Matter: Environmentalism as the Fruit of the Spirit 187
Notes 201
Subject Index 205
Scripture Index 209
About the Author 213
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