Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ecologies of Grace, Chapter 4

November 19, 2009

“In contrast to the ecojustice focus on creation’s integrity, the strategy of Christian stewardship frames environmental issues around faithful response to God’s invitation and command.” (p.77) The status of nature within this strategy is that it is the environment of God’s love for the world, which good stewards inhabit responsibly. Any dominion over the realm of afforded humanity in this strategy is clearly understood as for the purpose of caring for the whole of creation, almost as God’s deputies in the matter.

Stewardship ethicists argue that we only encounter the nature constructed in our encounter with God. And there God confronts humanity with its disordered practices and calls them into authentic freedom. (p.82)

This strategy offers various models of redemption all of which lead to the question as to whether nature itself needs to be redeemed and what that might or could mean. Answers vary depending on how corrupt ethicists of this camp believe nature to be as a result of sin. In any event “stewardship theologies claim that redemption brings environmental issues under Christ’s lordship.” (p.92)

Does anyone have anything to bring to this discussion that redeems a stewardship strategy from being another set of ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’, even if these are a response to tasting the first fruits of salvation?

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