Environment

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” – Psalm 8:6-8

Our secular society believes humanity is in charge of its own destiny and has to save ourselves from impending disaster. In contrast, the Bible comforts us with the assurance that God is always watching over His creation. But that does not promote indifference. On the contrary, we have a calling to fulfill our mandate as stewards of the earth.

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25 Jun 2020 Ruth the Can Collector: The Case for Restoring Old Testament Gleaning Principles

  By Mark Penninga If Ruth the Moabite lived today, she would probably have resorted to collecting empties from recycling bins and on the sides of roads to feed herself and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Few Bible stories warm my heart like that of Ruth. When Ruth moved to Israel from Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi, she was vulnerable on a number of levels: widowed, without children, a foreigner, and the caregiver of her mother-in-law, who was also widowed.If Ruth the Moabite lived today, she would probably have resorted to collecting empties from recycling...

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17 Feb 2012 Environmentalism mixes religion and politics

Mark Penninga, Guest Column - Interior News - February 15, 2012 : The Bulkley Valley is a very religious area. The number of churches is disproportional to most other B.C. towns. But religion comes in other forms too. Environmentalism, though often portrayed as empirical and far from the realm of spirituality, displays the tenets of a religion. In fact, one could make a strong case in arguing that the Environmentalism we see being promoted in the Bulkley Valley and much of the western world today has become one of the most dominant and least tolerant religions in the West.
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E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.. The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation: Religion is the root of any culture, and environmentalism has become a full-fledged religion in its own right. It is the most comprehensive substitute in the world today for Christianity so far as world view, theology, ethics, politics, economics, and science are concerned, and you need to understand it in order to counter it effectively, from presuppositions to policies, from classroom to movie theater, from evening network news to Internet and local...

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ARPA Note: The EFC intervened in this case. Read their concerns and suggestions for follow-up here. Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun Dec 22 2010 - OTTAWA: The Supreme Court has delivered a split advisory ruling in a case involving the regulation of in vitro fertilization, cloning and the creation of human-animal hybrids. While the ruling is technically only an advisory opinion, it has the effect of striking down several sections of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Read more...

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Globe & Mail, August 30, 2010: The UN climate panel should only make predictions when it has solid scientific evidence and avoid straying into policy advocacy, a group of national science academies said in a report on Monday. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was hit with a wave of criticism after acknowledging in January that its 2007 global warming report had exaggerated the pace of Himalayan glaciers melting. It had previously said the report had overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level. Read more...

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