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1 Inter-faith Forum on Environmental Ethics Those Transcendent, Anthropocentric Europeans! A theological exploration of how we have affected the Murray-Darling Basin’s waterways. Rev Dr David Reichardt, Uniting Church

2 Earthrise, Bill Anders, 1968

3 Honeyeater feasts in Waratah bush. Mt Tomah Gardens, Blue Mountains, 8 October, 2011

4 The only Home we have!

5 Photo: Dietmar Stiplovsek

6 Gulf of Mexico, July 11, 2005 Photo: Reuters

7 © 2004 Amanda Byrd Photography

8 The Maldives Cabinet meeting that highlighted rising sea levels, October 17, 2009 © 2009 AP Photo/Mohammed Seeneen

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10 Heavenism “ The earth is at best a temporary lodging; the true human home is beyond the earth, in heaven.” - Val Plumwood If you believe in Jesus you go to heaven when you die. “The environment! What does that have to do with Christian faith?” “But doesn’t this earth have a ‘use by’ date?” “ The earth is at best a temporary lodging; the true human home is beyond the earth, in heaven.” - Val Plumwood If you believe in Jesus you go to heaven when you die. “The environment! What does that have to do with Christian faith?” “But doesn’t this earth have a ‘use by’ date?”

11 In reaction to Heavenism… Pie in the sky when you die bye and bye Too full of heaven to be any earthly use! The Christian ”skygod”

12 The Historic Roots of our Ecologic Crisis Lynn White, Jr. Science 155: “Christianity bears a great burden of guilt” for the current ecologic crisis.”

13 Release the River! An ecotheological reading of how the Murray- Darling Basin’s human inhabitants have affected its waterways Thesis title:

14 Effects of rising sea level – Kiribati Thesis’ conclusion: This ecotheological case study supports Lynn White’s “ecological complaint” against western Christianity.

15 . The “Ecological Complaint” appraised in the Murray-Darling Basin The Darling River(bed) The development of Science and Technology in the West comes largely from its Christian worldview; It bequeaths great power to humans over nature; westerners tend to hold an “instrumental” view about nature

16 Because Western religious expression tends to be “Heavenist” rather than of the earth the Bible’s and Christian theology’s high view of humankind is easily distorted into an anthropocentrism (human centredness) harmful to the rest of creation. 16

17 Renovaré Our ecological problem is rooted in our inadequate view of God. We see God as more transcendent that immanent. Christus Pantocrator

18 Clearly, Christianity needs its own ecotheological corrective.

19 In contrast, Aboriginal Spiritual gifts of immanence - Dadirri & Intersubjectivity In contrast, Aboriginal Spiritual gifts of immanence - Dadirri & Intersubjectivity Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains National Park Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains National Park

20 St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology

21 Resources for a Christian ecotheological reformation “God’s Kingdom is creation healed.” (Theologian Hans Küng, On Being a Christian, p.231) God so loved the…WORLD…that He sent His only Son… (John 3:16, the Bible’s most famous verse) God’s will be done ON EARTH ‘as it is in heaven’. (Lord’s Prayer, includes Swedish film title)

22 22 Releasing the River of the Water of Life - A way of reading the Bible

23 ~WaterLines~ ~WaterLines~ An activity of Sydney North Presbytery’s Earth Ministry

24 Adopt a creek! Bush care Cleanup campaigns Keep exotics out Get leaky sewers fixed Don’t litter

25 Other ecotheological activities Australian Conservation Foundation’s The Climate Project

26 Dr Miriam Pepper Uniting Earthweb Earthweb Caloundra UC’s solar panels


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