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Stewards of Eden

What Scripture Says about the Environment and Why It Matters

Sandra Richter opens her book with the following question, "Can a Christian be an environmentalist?" and then proceeds through a combination of biblical study, anthropology of ancient Israel and case studies from recent history to answer her own question. Having opened looking at the Creation account, each chapter looks at a different area (Each starts with a delectable and well chosen quotation). Whose Creation is it? - Treatment of domestic animals - Treatment of wild creatures - Care for widow and orphan - Has the New Covenant changed anything? She reaches her concluding chapter and opens it with a quotation from one, Gus Speth, who has spent decades working for environmental issues who wrote, "I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don't know how to do that." The last paragraph of the book has the following from Sandra Richter, "The introduction of this book asked the question: Can a Christian be an environmentalist? My answer is, how could a son of Adam or a daughter of Eve, redeemed and transformed by the second Adam to live eternally in the resurrected Eden, be anything else?"

Stewards of Eden

by Sarah L Richter

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