God and Ecology (1)

The basic issue in ecology, as in every other human problem, is not only the nature of man, nor even the nature of nature, but ultimately also the nature and will of God.

Some critics have recently charged Christianity with promoting the present misunderstanding and misuse of nature because it emphasizes that man is the divinely delegated overlord of the world as an orderly law-governed creation. These presuppositions were basic and important for the rise of scientific confidence in nature as an arena of orderly behavior compatible with human well-being. They are not, however the source either of positivistic science or of ecological insensitivity… It is unfair to blame Christianity for the ecological crisis; what’s more, Christianity is best able to arrest it. The Bible has timeless relevance for ecological problems; neither heirs of nor strangers to the Judeo-Christian outlook can afford to overlook its message…

Scientific naturalism, not Christian theism, nurtures man’s disposition to desecrate the cosmos… The human species has already done much to upset the earthly balances which sustain life; the biblical revelation provides the most persuasive reasons why mankind can and ought now to take a very different course.

Carl Henry, God, Revelation & Authority, Volume Two, 100-101