“The natural world is a gift from God, but we are also called to join with God in sustaining and caring for it.” John Sentamu, The Archbishop of York.

Today is Earth Day so I thought I’d post this video to mark the occasion.  It’s a Veritas lecture given by Ecology Professor Kyle Van Houtan entitled: Is God Green? – Jesus, the Church, and Caring for the Earth.


I recently read and enjoyed the book “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony“.  The author  Richard Bauckham is an eminent Biblical scholar and theologian (see his wikipedia link and his own website).

His thoughts on the Environment can be found here [video] with his lecture at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.  The seminar is entitled “Jesus, God and Nature in the Gospels”.

He also has a recently published book “The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation ” which should be worth checking out at some point.

Well where better to begin than the beginning!  Whole rainforests have probably been felled to produce the number of books written on the subject of the first couple of chapter of Genesis.  I don’t want to say much, but it may be prudent to start with the oft-quoted:

“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 moveth upon the earth. ” Genesis 1:28 KJV

So it seems we have the Almighty’s permission to reap from the Earth whatever we can, to denude its resources and trample over anything that gets in our way.  This of cause is a very naive interpretation, but unfortunately not too far removed from the perspectives of some.  However, another view point emerges when we read on into the second creation account:

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”  Genesis 2:7-8 KJV

Now we see how we are not owners of the Earth, but have ourselves been lovingly fashioned from the earth (literally an earth clod) and placed in a garden with the imposition to serve and preserve it.  Therefore, could it be that we are commanded to master the Earth (a call to Scientific endeavour?) in order that we can fulfill our call of caring and nurturing the garden in which we have been placed.  The stewardship of creation can be achieved with the help of understanding and technology garnered from science.