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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Interesting Article on the Tragedy of the Commons

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This article by Garrett Hardin was one of my assigned readings for Corporate Sustainability this week. I found it quite interesting as it has some very interesting takes on aspects of this issue. I will not attempt to summarize as I believe it is worth reading the whole article.

One point I would make is that from a theological point of view, if we believe that our conscience, self-discipline and ability to sacrifice for the good of others are gifts from the Holy Spirit, not something genetic, then it should not be possible for natural selection to eradicate conscience among Christians. Nevertheless, this is an interesting concern...

Have a read and let me know what you think.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+