Ritið 1/16

Ritið 1/16 - 2016

Sólveig Anna Bóasdóttir: Faith and  Climate Change

Christian faith has had a decisive effect on the Western ideological understanding of man, world and nature. This can be read out of recent Christian religious declarations put forward on the eve of COP21 in Paris 2015. Echoing earlier religious discourse on nature and the environment these declarations focus essentially on the revision of traditional view of nature as well as understanding of human nature. Man, created in the image of God, is not the crown of creation, in the sense that he alone has intrinsic value. Nature is part of God's creation, it is an equal to man as well as his neighbor and should be handled with care and respect, as well as consideration for future generations. Christian anthropocentrism needs to convert into bio-centrism as well as theo-centered environmental Christian ethics. Ethics of humility, modesty and gratitude are a common ethical message of all the Christian statements.
Key-words: Christian faith-organizations, creation, Christian environmental ethics, human nature, view of nature
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