Tag: Creation

TBA: the Environment

TBA: the Environment

Thinking Biblically About… The Environment. When we talk about caring for the environment, the context for people in higher-income countries is almost always our own wellbeing. Generally speaking, the environment is a means to an ends for us, and we protect it for the same reasons we treat any of our possessions well. Whether it’s […]

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The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The ethical foundations which underpin the wildlife conservation movement face a crisis: what gives nature its value? Anthropocentric views (which see the world as here to serve human interests) and ecocentric views (which aim to value all species equally) compete but are flawed. In contrast, a biblical perspective emphasises that both human and non-human creatures are made for the glory of God and have value directly in relation to God. This has significant implications for Christian attitudes to biodiversity conservation and for the conservation movement, which are briefly explored.

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Enhancement and the secularised philosophy of transhumanism by Denis Alexander

Enhancement and the secularised philosophy of transhumanism by Denis Alexander

Dr Denis Alexander explores enhancement and the secularised philosophy of transhumanism. Watch out for his forthcoming Cambridge Paper on this topic!

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5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

These Bible studies accompany the Jubilee Centre book – Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White A set of five Bible studies designed to accompany our book Christianity, climate change and sustainable living by Nick Spencer and Robert White.    

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How humanity should exercise its rule over creation by Jonathan Burnside

How humanity should exercise its rule over creation by Jonathan Burnside

A short interview in which Dr Jonathan Burnside considers what the right relationship is between humanity and creation.

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Insight: How the Bible challenges our environmental practices by Jonathan Burnside

Insight: How the Bible challenges our environmental practices by Jonathan Burnside

In this two minute video clip, Dr Jonathan Burnside considers how the Bible’s teaching about our relationship with the environment should challenge some of our modern practices.

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Biblical law – Humanity & the environment by Jonathan Burnside

Biblical law – Humanity & the environment by Jonathan Burnside

This talk explores the complex relationship between humanity and the environment. There are four main ways in which this relationship is structured, according to the biblical materials: the creation narrative, divine judgements in the primeval history, the ‘post-diluvian’ blessing conferred by God upon humanity, and the ‘eco-laws’ in biblical law. Listen to this episode  

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A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

Summary God created a world which he pronounced was very good and delegated to humankind the responsibility for its care. But human sinfulness has marred God’s creation and our profligate abuse of the environment is causing global climate change. If left unchecked global warming will cause global economic loss, widespread suffering and death, particularly among […]

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Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Chris Wright, December 2003 The following is a shortened version of the address given by Chris Wright at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on 15 November in Cambridge. Chris has been involved with the Jubilee Centre directly or indirectly since its beginning and currently chairs the Advisory Board. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing […]

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Where is your treasure?

Where is your treasure?

Nick Spencer, September 2003 Our society has an odd relationship with money. We like to denounce our 24/7 retail culture, and yet still shop ‘out of hours’ in our millions. We lament the estimated £800 billion consumer debt we have accrued, but wait nervously for the next consumer spending figures. We are torn between wanting […]

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A brief theology of time: Part 2 Resisting the tyranny of time by Paul Mills

A brief theology of time: Part 2 Resisting the tyranny of time by Paul Mills

  Summary Time is the modern-day slave-driver. Calendars and clocks not only govern, but also tyrannise our lives. Our first study on time (Vol. 7, No.1) examined the biblical witness that God is both transcendent over time while acting within it. Here we continue the theme of time but from the perspective of how and […]

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Can science explain everything? Scientific Naturalism and the death of Science by Denis Alexander

Can science explain everything? Scientific Naturalism and the death of Science by Denis Alexander

  Summary Scientific naturalism is the view that only scientific knowledge is reliable and that science can, in principle, explain everything. This chapter surveys the inherent weaknesses in this philosophy, illustrated by the naturalistic attempt to extract ethics from biology. Different Christian responses to naturalism are considered. It is argued that the Christian worldview provides […]

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The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

  Summary Failure properly to relate the Gospel Commission of the New Testament to the Commission of Genesis (the Creation Mandate) lies behind much of evangelicalism’s current weaknesses and internal conflicts. The New Testament, when clarifying the radical nature of the gospel, appears at times to disparage the created order within which we now live. […]

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The Human Identity Crisis: Can we do without the Trinity? by Michael Ovey

The Human Identity Crisis: Can we do without the Trinity? by Michael Ovey

  Summary This essay examines contemporary problems surrounding human identity and discusses their causes and consequences. It analyses the claim that Trinitarian doctrine is now redundant and argues that, far from being a mere parlour game, it alone allows the perfect personal characteristics of the God revealed in the Bible to be fully expressed. The […]

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Jubilee institutional norms by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

Jubilee institutional norms by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

  This report explores a middle way between creation ethics and kingdom ethics as the basis for Christian political action. It holds out the prospect of greater consensus among Christians regarding the goals of social policy. First published in The Evangelical Quarterly, 62:1 (1990) pp. 37-62.

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