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Henricus Peters, LearnFromNature

Residence on Earth

The Role of Religion in Ecology

The world is not the product of manifold power, but of one will, of one mind; and that one mind is everywhere active. It is a mountain air. It is the embalmer of the world. It is myrrh and storax, and chlorine and rosemary. It makes the sky and the hills sublime, and the silent song of the stars is it.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Divinity School Address. 1838.

Jennifer Karsten, Executive Director of Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center, was at a protest demonstration of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Washington DC when she suddenly found herself standing next to Bill McKibben, the organizer of the event. Wanting to encourage him, she said “Don’t worry Bill, a bus load of Quakers is on their way!” It wasn’t the first time that a religious group was active in the fight against climate change. All…

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    1. Agree we humans are certainly responsible for despoiling the planet, however suggest we could use some spiritual enlightenment along the way. Also, Christian around the world have a responsibility for being stewards – as The Bible states they (we) have ‘dominion’ over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves on the earth…. Sorry, there no ‘magic spell’ – we need to ‘act in a sustainable way, when using planetary resources!


      1. The Coran also states similar recommendations as to how to care about the land and the animals. However,people have lost much of their spirituality in a world that is purely material and it’s sort of impossible that they abide by either The Coran or The Bible. Maybe one thing could sensitise them to the threats of the forthcoming calamity and that is the fact that the more they abuse the planet the shorter they will have to live on it.

  1. Jesus has no voice, the Bible and his voice is provided by those who twist and misinterpret, often in a hostile way to the environment. If a group of people are hell bent on the end of the world and waiting for a saviour to come along, they will have no mentality to do anything about the problems they contribute to.

    1. The Bible has been/can be used for good as well as bad. Genesis, for example, has often been mis-interpreted as a reason for people to ‘dominate’ resources – the word ‘dominion’ actually means ‘responsible use of’. The Bible is chock full of people using their natural surroundings – for good. Christians, like myself, can use the environment to inspire this and the next generation – so can all ‘learn from Nature’! Kids – working constructively with adults – are the future realised, and their payment will be an Earth heading towards sustainability. (Amen!)

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