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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dick Smith on Population at the Canberra Club

Last year Dick Smith came to the realisation that population growth will ruin this country for his granchildren. He has adopted the population cause with gusto, and is currently preparing a TV documentary on the subject. Dick's support is an incredibly important development, giving the lie to the notion that those who oppose population growth are by definition anti-business, and lack knowledge of the "real world".

He will be talking to a joint meeting of SPA and The Australia Institute at the Canberra Club on Wednesday 10 March. His talk "Population: the elephant in the room we have ignored for too long", will be at 5.30 for 6.00pm. The Canberra Club is at 45 West Row, Civic, not far from the main Post Office.

Admission is free. Venue hire and catering will be generously provided by The Australia Institute, so no donations are requested on this occasion.

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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+