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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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)
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 9:16-22A Christian “World” View
Oppression of the poor
Environmental PollutionSinful Acts Against the Creation
Dance,celebration,rituals,harmony,balance , symbiotic interrelationship
no concept of superior/inferior
life force in everything
Conquer-utilitarian-usefulness to humans-
civilization-technology as sacred