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1 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible The Green Bible

2 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Some basic principles God is creator, we are creatures The earth belongs to God (Ps 24.1, Lev 25.23) God is the first gardener (Gen 2.8) In Christ the creation is renewed (Romans 8 vs Genesis 2) The promised land is the vision

3 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Therefore the land mourns… Common language Examples: Hosea 4, Jeremiah 4 Link with sin –(cursed is the ground because of you) No separation between creature and creation –(that’s gnosticism)

4 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Three tools: Idolatry Wrath Eschatology

5 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible This is how you should farm: Do not reap to the edge of your field (Lev 19.9) Do not harvest fruit for four years (Lev 19.23) The Jubilee – do not farm! Radical trust in God’s provision But.. But.. But…

6 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible What are our motivations? Hunger? Fear? Greed? Let us consider Baal

7 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Baalism Canaanite fertility God Entry of Israel is clash of YHWH with Baal –Cultic prostitution Control of fertility Driven by…?

8 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Contemporary Baalism A form of idolatry –The world belongs to us –We have the power to remake it Control of fertility by own efforts Systematic exploitation Rooted in lack of trust –Hunger? Fear? Greed?

9 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Examples Monoculture Factory farming Fossil fuelled fertiliser “Agribusiness” –ie motivated by corporate priorities not organic priorities –‘strip-mining the soil’

10 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Wrathful consequences Disease –CJD? Salmonella? Avian flu? Loss of topsoil –30-40t/ha average in 3 rd world –17t/ha in US (source:Pimentel) –4.3m km² lost over 40yrs (=30%)

11 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible nothing beside remains…

12 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Wrathful consequences Disease –CJD? Salmonella? Avian flu? Loss of topsoil –30-40t/ha average in 3 rd world –17t/ha in US (source:Pimentel) Dependence upon fossil fuels GM contamination?

13 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible If you defile the land, it will vomit you out (Lev 18.28)

14 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Wider issues How to live within the world World – and creatures – as inherently worthy of respect (Job 40/41) Environmental crisis as symptom of spiritual crisis

15 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Environmental crisis Creation has integrity Scientific revolution undermines this –The idol called techne –Sapientia not scientia –We are radically anti-phronetic Consequences are all around us

16 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great - and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11.18

17 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Eschatology Putting on the armour of light Shifting to Kingdom patterns of life Being at peace in creation Dominion (stewardship, creation-care) –Not domination The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God

18 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Specifically Learning how to garden Applying those principles more widely Eg organic, but local more important Consume less Walk lightly on the earth

19 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron )

20 December 2007LUBH 7 – The Green Bible Wendell Berry Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.


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