Christian Environmental Ethics Essay

1511 Words Oct 25th, 2010 7 Pages
Research Essay: 20876077
Through the study of scripture, Christian movements and the views of historical and contemporary figures, it can be said that Christian ethical teachings have a significant influence on the lives of its adherents. A prime example of the effects of these teachings is the nature and practice of Christian environmental ethics. The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy defines environmental ethics as the discipline in philosophy that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its nonhuman contents. Although each denomination has its own unique manner of judging ethical understanding, the basic and fundamental structures of their environmental
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The prime example is the issue of climate change, which necessitates a number of ethical practices for Christians, such as a decrease in consumer attitudes in favour of one that is ecologically friendly and sustainable. In the case of this denomination, the church aims to “To encourage Protestants to support sustainable environmental practices as individuals and in the life of their communities.” On the other hand, the Anglican Church has a similar yet in some aspects contradictory approach to environmental stewardship. In the 1998 Lambeth Conference, a public statement of the foundations of the Church’s ethical practices was made. This conference reaffirmed that the divine Spirit is omnipresent in creation, which is therefore to be treated with reverence, respect and gratitude. It was also stated that human beings are partners with the rest of creation and a living connection between heaven and earth, with responsibility to make personal and material sacrifices for the common good of all creation. On the topic of animal rights, Rev. D. R. Deinsen declared that “it is no longer an option for members to ignore the suffering of our fellow creatures…we must take actions to that end, educate others, and seek to advocate for legislation that

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