Creation and the Environment: An Anabaptist Perspective on a by Calvin W. Redekop, Calvin Redekop

By Calvin W. Redekop, Calvin Redekop

Recent years have visible a shift within the trust spiritual world-view, in particular a Christian one, precludes a dedication to environmentalism. even if as "stewards of God's production" or champions of "environmental justice," church contributors have more and more stumbled on robust pro-ecology stand on environmental concerns is an crucial part of their religion. yet now not all Christian denominations are latecomers to the problem of environmentalism. In production and the EnvironmentCalvin W. Redekop and his co-authors clarify the original environmental place of the Anabaptists, particularly the Mennonites.

After a short survey of the foremost forces contributing to the word's current ecological trouble, construction and the surroundings explores the uniquely Anabaptist view of our courting to what they see because the created order. In rural Amish and Mennonite groups, they clarify, the environment--especially the "land"--is thought of a part of the dominion God plans to set up in the world. during this view, the production is a part of the divine order, with the redemption of humankind inextricably associated with the redemption and recovery of the fabric international. The future health a objective of production and human background are therefore visible as thoroughly interdependent.

Contributors: Heather Ackley Bean, Claremont Graduate tuition • Kenton Brubaker, jap Mennonite college • Thomas Finger, Claremont Graduate university • Karen Klassen more durable, Bethel collage, Kansas • James tougher, Bethel collage, Kansas • Lawrence Hart, Cheyenne Cultural middle, Clinton, Oklahoma • Theodore Hiebert, McCormick Theological Seminary • Karl Keener, Pennsylvania kingdom collage • Walter Klaassen, Conrad Grebel university • David Kline, Holmes County, Ohio • Calvin W. Redekop, Conrad Grebel university • Mel Schmidt • Dorothy Jean Weaver, japanese Mennonite college • Michael Yoder, Northwestern collage, Iowa.

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Microcoating technologies have vastly reduced the need for conductive metals such as copper and gold in electrical applications. 26 Inseparable allies of the “technological fix” school of thought are freely functioning markets. As every beginning student of economics is taught, shortages or supply difficulties of any sort tend to force product prices up. Higher prices both induce consumers to use less and stimulate sellers to find ways to produce more. Thus, the market solves the supply problem by rewarding both conservation and innovation in the face of scarcity.

44 Northern Hemisphere “advanced” countries have been pressing southern countries to reduce destruction of valued forests and biological resources, while the “less advanced” in turn have been striving for the benefits of unfettered industrialization and economic expansion. However, comparisons of per capita consumption do not adequately reflect our relative demands on Earth’s productive capacity. 45 The natural environment is clearly approaching its human carrying capacity. This is occurring as much for reasons of excessive material consumption by the world’s affluent as for reasons of growing populations among the world’s poor.

Minsky’s concept of the brain as possibly made up of a trillion components is probably indicative of his limited concept of natural complexities. Surely, if we want to construct “atom by atom,” the number of components will be trillions of trillions. To instruct machines to construct a brain or any other complex organ or tissue will be quite impossible because of the dynamic nature of these structures. From biology we know that such “machines” are self-constructed, using internal directions (DNA) responding to thousands of internal and external signals.

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