Salvation of individual souls? Or the renewal of all things?

Our destiny is bound up with the whole created order. — Trystan Owain Hughes My friend Trystan was kind enough to share my piece about Christianity and the environment last week. If the comments on his Facebook page are any indication, Gnosticism — the idea that everything physical is cursed and only souls matter — is alive … Continue reading Salvation of individual souls? Or the renewal of all things?

4 reasons why every Christian should be a tree-hugging environmentalist

I didn’t have much time for Earth Day growing up. That kind of thing was for tree-hugging, left-wing hippie types who couldn’t tell the difference between creation and its creator. I was a Christian. I believed the world was going to burn someday, and I would be evacuated along with the faithful few to a … Continue reading 4 reasons why every Christian should be a tree-hugging environmentalist

What’s the worst that could happen? (A cost-benefit analysis of climate change)

[Note: This is a followup to an earlier post on why I believe every Christian should care about the environment.] The earth is God’s temple. A growing number of evangelicals accept the importance of “creation care.” So why don’t more of us care about climate change? According to one survey, only a third of Christians say climate change prevention is an … Continue reading What’s the worst that could happen? (A cost-benefit analysis of climate change)

Ordo creatio (or, why every Christian should be a radical environmentalist)

Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary was Mark 1:9-15, the story of Jesus’ baptism and testing. Mark includes one detail about Jesus’ wilderness sojourn not found in the other Gospels: Jesus “was with the wild animals.” Our priest made this the focus of his homily on Sunday. He argued it’s not (as widely assumed) … Continue reading Ordo creatio (or, why every Christian should be a radical environmentalist)