Christian Environmental Ethics

1517 WordsOct 10, 20107 Pages
Research Essay: 20876077 Through the study of scripture, Christian movements and the views of historical and contemporary figures, it can be said that Christian ethical teachings have a significant influence on the lives of its adherents. A prime example of the effects of these teachings is the nature and practice of Christian environmental ethics. The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy defines environmental ethics as the discipline in philosophy that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its nonhuman contents. Although each denomination has its own unique manner of judging ethical understanding, the basic and fundamental structures of their environmental…show more content…
The passage of John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” emphasises the importance of animals in the hierarchy of creation and Christian’s responsibility to protect and care for them. The issue of Deforestation has been high on the global environmental agenda for many years, and remains a serious problem today. In the tropics and many other parts of the world, nations continue to lose the valuable biodiversity, soil and water conservation, and climate regulation that natural forests provide. Christianity can only address this matter by continuing to combine an acceptance of the command to people to ‘multiply and replenish the earth’ (Genesis 1:28) with a balancing injunction to act as stewards of the environment. Charities such as Christian Ecology Link and World Vision work to increase awareness of the current ecological crisis and encourage adherents to live sustainably and make ‘green’ consumption choices. Significant contemporary and historical religious figures have also had been highly influential towards the ethical attitudes and practices of Christians. The Roman Catholic Church has issued a number of statements on the environment. In 1985 the German Roman Catholic
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