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Neo-Paganism and Environmental Values

Neo-Paganism and Environmental Values

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What should our attitude be towards God’s creation?

‘Having dominion over the earth’ does not mean that we should exploit the earth and its resources for our own ends, but we should be responsible stewards accountable to god for our actions and also to recognise our place in the ecosystem. Claire Foster puts forward four principles to which we should adhere as Christians.

1. The sacrament of creation

We should acknowledge that God made the world, redeemed it and sustains it. That our response should be a perception of the heart not just the intellect.

2. The covenant of creation

God‘s covenant promise to Noah (Genesis 9) with all creation not to destroy the earth ever again. We should look to St Francis’ relationship with the animals and see our inter-relatedness in the web of nature.

3. The priesthood of humanity

We should be priests and stewards not masters and possessors. We have the capacity to transform the environment for God‘s glory through God’s grace.

4. The Sabbath feast of sufficiency

We need to challenge increasing consumption and learn to enter God’s rest and Jubilee. We should give back to God in worship and be sustained by Him.

This is what the true relationship should be between the believer and the environment and to rest in the promises of God.

As Christians we therefore have a distinctly different part to play in environmental action to those in the New Age Movement who believe in Gaia, the Mother Earth God and pantheists who worship creation rather than the creator. We must recognise the spirit behind the rising tide of neo-paganism, humanism and feminism which has infiltrated the church and make a stand for a truly biblical perspective.

We should take personal responsibility by adopting simpler lifestyles and an active role in campaigning for reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, protecting wildlife, encouraging alternative technology and development education, whilst caring for the poor and needy.

Ref: Foster C. (2004) ‘Sustainability is a Spiritual Issue,’ The Crucible. January March 2004 issue p30-36.

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