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ECO-THEOLOGY. John Wesley’s Quadrilateral Scripture Life Experience Tradition Reason. Beliefs-Attitudes-Behaviors. Scripture Absolutes Distinctive Codes of Conduct Opinions. THE CRISIS. LAND WATER AIR RESOURCES FOOD.

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ECO-THEOLOGY

  • John Wesley’s Quadrilateral

  • Scripture

  • Life Experience

  • Tradition

  • Reason


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Beliefs-Attitudes-Behaviors

  • Scripture

  • Absolutes

  • Distinctive

  • Codes of Conduct

  • Opinions


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THE CRISIS

  • LAND

  • WATER

  • AIR

  • RESOURCES

  • FOOD


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THE CONFUSION

  • DOMINION

  • THE TERM “WORLD”

  • DUALISM

  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • THE 2ND COMING


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Religious view of Land Management

  • Cautions

  • Dangerous generalization or oversimplifications

  • Culturally relative

  • Falling short of professed ideals

  • Personal bias


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Transcendence

Importance of personal salvation

(one’s personal relationship to Jesus Christ and NOT the rest of creation

Nature is a place of turmoil, is threatening, dangerous, to be feared for its wildness

Has value in its usefulness as a commodity

certain elements are either obstacles, in the way or inconvenient

Identify some elements as “good” and others as “bad” (work ethic)

Communion

Nature has “intrinsic” value (All of it)

One should seek to live in harmony with all elements or “pay” the price

Sin is disrupting God’s well arranged ecological system

So God loved the “world” then so should we:all of it.

God said it was very good

Dominion does not mean exploitation

It means stewardship, caretaking, managing

Isiah 35:1,2 Pv 16:4 Ex 9:16-22

A Christian “World” View


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Individual Sin

Adultery

Abortion

Substance Abuse

Dishonesty

Hatred

Institutional Sin

Racism

Slavery

Oppression of the poor

War

Environmental Pollution

Sinful Acts Against the Creation


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Elements of the Creation

  • Rest of creation rocks snow mountains

    • animals

      • humankind wolf desert

    • woman trees mosquitoes

    • weather systems cows children

    • Jesus


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THE CONNECTION

  • HUMANKIND ----- CREATOR

  • HUMANKIND ----- CREATED

  • HUMANKIND ----- CULTURE

  • HUMANKIND ----- CREATION


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Native American

Dance,celebration,rituals,harmony,balance , symbiotic interrelationship

masters/dominion

no concept of superior/inferior

life force in everything

Western Civilization

Conquer-utilitarian-usefulness to humans-

antagonistic view

W. hostile-dangerous

civilization-technology as sacred

architecture

CULTURAL VALUES


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Pure Christianity

  • Intrinsic - non-judgemental relationship

  • Beauty

  • Awe

  • Serene

  • A quiet place to contemplate

  • Romantic

  • Splendor

  • Use but protect from abuse or misuse

  • Stewardship-caretaking

  • God owns not humankind

  • A gift to humankind with love


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The Mind of Christ in Creation

  • 1. LOVE God’s creation

  • 2. Have JOY in his creation

  • 3. Pursue PEACE (Shalom)

  • 4. Have PATIENCE w/ the natural process

  • 5. Be KIND and GOOD to all of creation

  • 6. Be FAITHFUL in stewardship

  • 7. Be GENTILE to the creation

  • 8. Have TEMPERANCE (self control) with the creation


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Scripture

  • If anyone has material possessions

  • and see his brother in need

  • but has not pity on him,

  • how can the love of God be in Him?

  • Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

  • 1 John 3: 17-18


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Campolo’s Action Plans

  • Love God’s Creation

  • Have Joy in His Creation

  • Pursue Peace with Creation

  • Have Patience with Creation

  • Be kind and good to Creation

  • Be faithful in Stewardship

  • Be Gentile and Humble

  • Practice temperance and self control


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Study Questions

  • New Testament Foundations of Ecotheology

  • Worldly Spirituality

  • McHarg The Plight

  • Ibrahim 1,2,4

  • Tragedy of the Commons

  • Handouts, films


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Study Questions

  • Wesley’s Quad

  • Relationships

  • Culture (N.A., W.C., Christianity

  • Personality


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