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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Discussion Question

Do you think religion can help save the planet?

If you would like to know what others think, see the podcast below.

Four guests, including ARRCC's Miriam Pepper, appeared on John Cleary's Sunday Night program on 29th March.

Introduction to the program

"Last night lights went out around the globe, as we the people sent a message to politicians: the earth is in trouble, please fix it. And, indeed, politicians seem to applaud the gesture, but the reality is rather different; a yawning gap between symbol and substance.

Linking symbol with substance is supposed to be what religion is all about, so this week we ask the churches, can religion help save the planet?

All four guests say that the 'gesture' is worth making and gives expression to widespread longing for new visioning about how we may live together on planet earth. They agree that this small action is a step to greater action; that these small gestures keep people going."

Guests: Rev Alistair Macrae, Rev Steven Eames, Dr Miriam Pepper, Ian Packer

Click here for a link to the full podcast of the program or visit

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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+