Topic Article #24: Environmentalism
by Dr. Eugene Clingman, Executive Administrator
Copyright 2012, International Church Council Project
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Environmentalism may seem to be only a political issue. Yet it has been from the beginning, a philosophical and spiritual issue. I am not talking about a true care for the environment, which all of us who as sons of Adam and sons of Noah should have; to them were given the mandate to have dominion in the earth. This dominion includes God glorifying use, care, and enhancement of the environment. It is the false environmentalism of which I speak, the environmentalism that esteems the earth (land, forests, seas), and animals (all creatures other than humans) as more important than humans. I speak of the environmentalism that treats man as the enemy of, the polluter and defiler of, the earth.
I believe Dr. E. Calvin Beisner (founder and chief spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance www.CornwallAlliance.org) is correct when he says that “radical environmentalism is a greater threat than the Marxist secularism that spawned the Cold War, greater than the Secular Humanism…(…in American government-school education…)…greater even than radical Islam with its jihad”.
This radical environmentalism “divinizes nature and so subjugates mankind to it”, and thus “exchanges the truth of God for the lie”. “Environmentalism threatens Western civilization by undermining the Rule of Law…It threatens the poor…reversing the economic development necessary to deliver people from poverty and bless them with long and healthy lives…It threatens science and technology, so important to human flourishing, by promoting mystical, anti-rational “post-normal” science…And, most importantly, it threatens Christian faith and ethics by promulgating its own doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation, doctrines that make it a religion in its own right—Dark Green Religion, as University of Florida Professor of Religion and Nature Dr. Bron Taylor calls it in the title of his book.”
Because environmentalism has religious (doctrinal) roots much deeper than politics, and because a considerable portion of the Church is so much taken in by the propaganda and rhetoric of propagandizing media and politicians, the International Church Council Project has determined to deal with this issue. The primary author of the paper written is E. Calvin Beisner, mentioned above. The paper is now in review by the theological committee. Our Lord willing, we will have this paper ready to present to the Body of Christ within a few weeks, at which time we will be asking Bible believing leaders from around the world to join us in further honing this document or, if it seems good as it comes forth from committee, to affirm the truths and declarations stated in it.
We humbly ask for your continued prayers for God’s guidance and blessing as we fight for God’s truth. As Martin Luther wrote, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” We believe radical environmentalism is one of the fronts “Where the battle rages…”