Online Articles

“Where Christians Get Environmentalism Wrong” (by Jason Todd, Relevant Magazine) Beyond politics and party lines, the root of creation care can be traced back to the Bible. This article discusses why Christians sometimes have misconceptions about environmentalism—and what they can do to change.

“Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Society” (by Keith Jagger, Blessed Earth Correspondent)  This report, written specifically for the Blessed Earth audience, describes the discussion that arose as panel members offered differing views on creation care.

“A Garden Becomes a Protest” (by Fred Bahnson, Orion Magazine) The Anathoth Community Garden, in South Carolina, allows citizens to grow food for themselves and the needy among them. Additionally, the garden acts as a protest against the factors in the community that would seek to divide it. This inspiring story is a reminder that caring for creation is also caring for people.

“The Deadly Misnomer of ‘Fossil Fuels'” (by Calvin DeWitt, Sojourners) What is carbon sequestration, and how does it work? This article examines exactly how we get our fossil fuels, and ponders the ethics involved.

“How Ethical is Your Food?” (by Nathan Bechtold, Reject Apathy) The number of American farmers has decreased by half in the last thirty years, and many of those that remain use questionable methods to raise the food that we eat. However, a growing number of new agrarians are seeking to change the way we think about food and its relationship to our call as Christians to care for God’s creation.

“Planting Trees is About People” (by Aly Lewis, Relevant Magazine) How does caring for the environment improve the lives of impoverished people around the world? This article explores the connection between stewardship and compassion.

“Making a Tangible Difference” (by Julie Clawson, Reject Apathy) Despite common feelings that “bigger is better”, even small changes can make a big impact. Clawson explains how creation care can be about personal actions that contribute to change on a larger scale.

“Second Coming Ecology” (by David Neff, Christianity Today) While the hope of God’s promised new Earth has caused some to discount the importance of caring for this one, it is important for Christians to adjust their perspective. Our current planet may not be the restored, eternal one, but it is a signifier of what is to come.

“Bridging the Environmental Gap” (by Anna M. Clark, Reject Apathy) The gap between secular environmentalists and Christians has been broad in the past, but things are changing. What does the Bible say about how humans are to treat the earth, and how will this change the Christian response to environmentalists?

Why Our Roots in the Land Still Matter by Jonathan Stauffer (The Messenger) Since their founding, the Brethren have been closely associated with agrarianism, particularly in rural areas. Stauffer explains the importance of this link, and the strong need for it to continue into the age of modern farming. Article courtesy of The Messenger (http://www.brethren.org/messenger/), Photo Credits: Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford and Joel Brumbaugh-Cayford

7 Reasons the Church Can’t Afford to Ignore Creation Care (by Kevin Scott, The Earth is the Lord’s on Patheos) Why should the church care about creation care? Here is a list of 7 important reasons why Christians should reconsider their views on God’s earth.

 Biblical Economics and Ecology for the 21st Century (by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Sojourners Blog) Are ecology and economy related? Find the basis for this argument in scripture, described in this article.

The Kinship of Creation: An Anabaptist Ecological Anthropology (by Nathanael Inglis) God enters into loving relationship with the created world, therefore, we should understand ourselves as part of a community with other creatures. This is a better starting point for thinking about creation care.