Bouma_7 by liuqingyan

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									A Christian Theology of
               Creation
                                                      Wilderness?
A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the
   landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are
   untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal
   land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or
   human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural
   conditions and which

1)   generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the
     imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable;

2)    has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of
     recreation;

3)   has at least five thousand acres of land or is of sufficient size as to make practicable its
     preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and

4)   may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational,
     scenic, or historical value.
                  Discussion Questions
   1) How does a Theocentric concept differ from a Eco-centric and
    Anthropo-centric? What other claims can be made about the Christian
    worldview that stem from this basic starting point?

   2) Why is a Trinitarian God significant for envisioning environmental
    ethics? Are there distinct roles for the creation

   3) Does Bouma-Prediger overcome the charge against Christian
    dualism? How?

   4) Is our salvation tied to the salvation of non-human creation? What is
    required of this worldview for this to be the case?
                 Discussion Questions
   5) If God is going to redeem the world in the end, why is our action in
    the world necessary at all? What are ways to respond to this question.

   6) Look at Chapter 7, which of these reasons is most compelling to you?
    Why? What do you think this indicates about your worldview? What
    course of action or concrete ways of living would a commitment to this
    reason entail for your life?

   7) Evangelical Declaration of Creation Care:

   a) What does this declaration argue is wrong with the care of the earth?

   b) Why are we bad stewards of the earth? What are your responses to
    these arguments?
                                            Meta-Ethics
                                       Why should we care?

1.    Self-Interest
2.    Rights of Future Generations
3.    A Simple life is Better for Human Beings
4.    The poor and oppressed demand protection
5.    Sentient Creatures should not Suffer
6.    Ecosystems have Intrinsic Value
7.    Humans are simply part of an Ecological Whole
8.    God commands human beings to care
9.    God values creation and thus so should human beings
10.   We should love and show gratitude toward creation
                                              Meta-Ethics
                                         Why should we care?
      Anthropocentric
1.    Self-Interest of Living Human Beings
2.    Rights of Future Generations
3.    A Simple Life is Better for Human Beings
4.    The poor and oppressed demand protection
      Bio- and Eco-centric and Deep Ecology
5.    Sentient Creatures should not Suffer
6.    Ecosystems have Intrinsic Value
7.    Humans are simply part of an Ecological Whole
      Theo-centric
8.    God commands human beings to care
9.    God values creation and thus so should human beings
10.   We should love and show gratitude toward creation

								
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