Saturday, 2 February 2008

Environment Questions 1

Is there an environmental problem?

Is it curious to our age?
Why not?

What is scale of the problem?
What is the time scale for a solution
Whose fault was it?
Based on what assumptions did they make decisions which caused this?
In so far as we have noted the problem, have those original assumptions be challenged or changed?

Is Schumacher right when he says this is a metaphysical problem?
Can it be solved?
What is the nature of the solution?
What is our role in the environment's salvation?

Is there a 'right' response?
Is there a 'Christian' response?
Should there be?
Is there any other framework of morality or existence that will address the problem at its root?

What is the gospel?
What did Jesus save?
The 'cosmos' god so loved?
You Me and the trees?
What does that mean?

Is everything spiritual?
Is saving souls more important than saving trees?
How much more?
Is it possible to do one and not the other?
Is this a false dichotomy born out of bad theology?
If we make this division in our understanding of salvation will we ever have sufficient imperative to be proactively environmentally concerned?

Is the 'environment' synonymous with 'creation'?
In as much as to consider one's self as separate from the 'environment' but a part of 'created' order is a distinction that may only be subconscious.. has our theology been complicit in an destructively anthropocentric concept of life on earth? Is it still?

We don't tend to pray for the environment?
Should we?
Is it deistic not to?
Could non-prayer be attributed to a fear that we might have to live our side of the bargain out if we did pray?
Are our cars, elephants in the room, planks in the eye of the Christian community?

Is the “Earth will all be burned up” a self-fulfilling prophecy?

If this ship called earth is blasted, bound for destruction should we bother beautifying it?

What does life consist in between 'salvation' and death?

Eschatology: now? not yet?
Judgement: now? not yet?
Eternal Life: now? not yet?
His Kingdom: now? Not yet?

Of Victor Hugo's 'heart of the human problem', should environmental degradation be viewed as derivative or causal or both, of the 'problem of the human heart'?
Can the problem be addressed within that domain of the human heart?

The world suffers when the church is not up to standard (?JP).
What is up to standard? Can it be? Will it ever be?
How and Why?

The local church the hope for the world (Bill Hybels) .
Is it?
What is church?

How do you know you are right?
How do you know you are part of the solution rather than part of the problem?
Is theology getting better?

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