Many churches won’t talk about our responsibility to steward creation because they don’t have the Biblical, theological, and ethical resources to understand why we should should even be having the conversation. That is where the real value of Steven Bouma-Prediger’s For the Beauty of the Earth is found.
Theology & Bible
To determine if science is in conflict with the creation narrative in Genesis, we have to first understand the creation narrative. This 7-minute video on Genesis 1 from the Bible Project is a good place to start.
Scripture includes veiled faces and countless expressions of emotion. The most famous smile comes in the priestly blessing from Numbers 6: “The Lord make his face to shine upon you.”… It penetrates through the masks that separate us from God and now from one another.
Nature titled their video summary of this research, “Less is More.” It is in this consideration of less and more that I find connections to Scripture. How often does God do more with less? Think of Jesus feeding thousands with just five loaves and two fish. Or how the church that today is a global movement of a couple billion persons began with twelve disciples.
What is the Biblical justification for caring for the environment? Seedbed, a ministry resource of Asbury Theological Seminary, invited Old Testament scholar Sandra Richter of Wheaton College to answer this question. She walks through scripture sharing how the mandate to care for creation is Biblically motivated.
In their 2018 book, Creation Care, father and son team Douglas and Jonathan Moo invite readers to engage scripture through the lens of God’s purposes and love for the natural world. The book follows the contours of the bibilical story demonstrating that God’s compassion for creation is woven throughout all of scripture.