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Religious Studies

Christianity: beliefs about care of the planet

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Contemporary views

The Christian church has recently become more concerned about the environment. The Roman Catholic church made a statement about it in 1988:

The earth and all life on it is a gift from God given us to share and develop, not to dominate and exploit. Our actions have consequences for the rights of others and for the resources of the earth. The goods of the earth and the beauties of nature are to be enjoyed and celebrated as well as consumed. We have the responsibility to create a balanced policy between consumption and conservation. We must consider the welfare of future generations in our planning for and utilisation of the earth’s resources.

The World Council of Churches said:

The dignity of nature as creation needs to be bound up with our responsibility for the preservation of life.

The Declaration on Nature, Assisi, (1986) said:

Christians repudiate all ill-considered exploitation of nature which threatens to destroy it and, in turn, to make man the victim of degradation.

Pope Benedict XV1, 2007, said:

Care of water resources and attention to climate change are matters of grave importance for the entire human family.

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