What Is Green Christianity?

What Is Green Christianity?

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About Taryn

Taryn is a mum of four, working through her Masters of Theology. She also has a Diploma of Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies), a Diploma of Arts (English Literature) and Bachelor of Theology and is a freelance writer and editor.

Taryn

Taryn is a mum of four, working through her Masters of Theology. She also has a Diploma of Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies), a Diploma of Arts (English Literature) and Bachelor of Theology and is a freelance writer and editor.

What Is It?

Green Christianity, in the broader sense, describes Christianity’s engagement with nature. It has come to be associated with individual Christians, and groups of Christians, who have a concern for environmental issues, and who actively reflect on nature. Their reflections are grounded in theological beliefs, and seek to represent and advocate for the environment.

Green Christianity stems from the firm belief that the environment should be protected and celebrated, because God commanded it in the Biblical account. For this reason, Green Christians put an emphasis on responsible stewardship of nature. As a result of this emphasis, Green Christians actively oppose policies and practices that bring harm or destruction to the environment.

The emphasis on human responsibility over nature is a response to Christianity’s traditional anthropocentrism – the standard tendency within Christendom to emphasise humanity, rather than nature. Green Christianity seeks to retain a focus on humanity, while also incorporating environmental concerns, and living out of a framework that is concerned with creation care.

 

Creation Care

Green Christianity is concerned specifically with the Biblical philosophy of stewardship.

In Genesis 1, God commanded humanity to care for the earth:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

God has given the role of responsible dominion over to humankind. Green Christianity takes this role of stewardship very seriously, and seeks to protect and care for the environment as an act of Godly duty.

Genesis 1 also tells us that God looked at his creative work, and declared that it was ‘good’. Green Christianity recognises God’s deep love for the earth, and encourages humanity to exercise this same love, in order to honor God’s creation.

According to Psalm 24:1,

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

Humans, and Christians in particular, have an inherent bond to the earth, and an obligation to conserve it, and to openly oppose any practices which abuse the earth or neglect it. Green Christians make it their business to be concerned with issues such as climate change, renewable energy solutions, the protection of natural resources, recycling, animal treatment and even family planning. Green Christianity seeks to put environmental theology into practice, and make a difference to the earth in a very practical way.

 

In short

Green Christianity seeks to do the following:

  • Celebrate both humanity and the earth, and recognise the inherent bond and mutual reliance between the two
  • Understand the human race and the earth as two interdependent elements of God’s creation, rather than perceiving one as being superior to the other
  • Promote responsible stewardship of all humans over the earth, in accordance with scripture
  • Seek more sustainable, renewable and peaceful ways of living on earth

 

Mainstream Christianity has often placed such a high priority on the salvation and care of people that it has often neglected to care for God’s creation in the wider sense. Though we must be concerned for saving souls, we must honor the entire cosmos. Remember – humans were placed last into an already established, created order. Green Christianity seeks to prioritise creation with a holistic concern for all of God’s creative work.

 

 

If you want to honor God’s creation, then start by signing our petition to make Creation Day an official holiday!

 

 

 

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