A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues

A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues

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Why and how Christian faith and concern for the environment should go together

Environmental sustainability is a major issue for us all. In this extensively updated edition, Martin and Margot Hodson consider eight of the key current environmental problems, giving the biblical basis for looking after the environment and helping to integrate environmental thinking into the reader’s understanding of Christian faith. This accessible guide includes ethical reflections, Bible studies focusing on a different biblical doctrine for each chapter, and eco-tips to enable practical response. Among the issues covered are climate change, food, biodiversity, and population, together with the relationship between environmental problems and issues relating to world development.


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Title A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues
Author Martin Hodson and Margot Hodson
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Environmental sustainability is a major issue for us all. In this extensively updated edition, Martin and Margot Hodson consider eight of the key current environmental problems, giving the biblical basis for looking after the environment and helping to integrate environmental thinking into the reader’s understanding of Christian faith. This accessible guide includes ethical reflections, Bible studies focusing on a different biblical doctrine for each chapter, and eco-tips to enable practical response. Among the issues covered are climate change, food, biodiversity, and population, together with the relationship between environmental problems and issues relating to world development.

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  • Product code: 9781800390058
  • Published: 23 April 2021
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 130mm wide and 198mm high

Environmental sustainability is a major issue for us all. In this extensively updated edition, Martin and Margot Hodson consider eight of the key current environmental problems, giving the biblical basis for looking after the environment and helping to integrate environmental thinking into the reader’s understanding of Christian faith. This accessible guide includes ethical reflections, Bible studies focusing on a different biblical doctrine for each chapter, and eco-tips to enable practical response. Among the issues covered are climate change, food, biodiversity, and population, together with the relationship between environmental problems and issues relating to world development.

Revd Margot R. Hodson is JRI’s Director of Theology and Education and a vicar in Oxfordshire. She is on the boards of A Rocha UK and Grove Ethics Editorial Group.

Dr Martin J. Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative (JRI).

Martin and Margot Hodson’s deep commitment to the critical issues that their timely book addresses shines through each chapter.
Peter Harris, Founder of A Rocha

This book looks straight in the eye of the most serious set of environmental challenges humanity faces. Drawing together in accessible ways scientific evidence, biblical reflection and practical ideas, it will provoke you to better think, act and pray for the renewal of creation.
Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich

Irish Methodist Newsletter. Review by Stephen Skuce

 A standing item on our church council agendas is environmental matters.  We know it's part of our Christian responsibility, as individuals and as churches, to care for the environment. We know we are stewards and custodians, not the owners. And we know that in most cases we aren’t doing much more than recycling and trying our best. It's unlikely to happen, but if Greta Thunberg or David Attenborough were to sit in on our council meeting, I doubt if they would be impressed.

So, to avoid the avoid the wrath of David and Greta, Martin and Margot Hodson have revised and updated this book to help us better recognise areas of concern and ways in which we can be part of the answer. Ten chapters cover areas such as soil, water, energy, biodiversity, climate change and food, and each chapter concludes with a short Bible study. Therefore, this is an ideal book to use in a home group or church Bible study to help us think through these issues as Christians. And to make it even easier there are supplementary notes at the back for those leading the Bible study, as well as good end notes to each chapter to source the material and point to ways to think even deeper on the issues.

When we think about water we know that we aren’t short of the stuff in Ireland, but are at increasing risk of getting too much rain in concentrated bursts while other parts of the world are experiencing longer periods of drought. Fires in California and Australia bring this home to us, as does the burning tundra above the artic circle. I’m writing this in April and Slieve Donard ‘is on fire’. Rather than a moralising tone, the authors share up to date thinking alongside practical Christian responses around the world and bring us hope that we can be part of the renewing of creation. We have a problem but it's also our opportunity to act, and our World Development and Relief colleagues are in partnership with many groups to assist us such as Dabane Water Workshops in Zimbabwe. This is part but not all of our response. ‘The images of water in the Bible remind us of our dependence on the earth and how deeply we are bound together. We understand our place in creation as one of awesome responsibility to lead wisely. One day, that role will be fulfilled. When we lead a redeemed creation as a redeemed people of God’.

This book is an ideal study guide into the issues, helps us wrestle with Scripture and the key issue of our generation. The Hodsons have also published this year Green Reflections: Biblical Inspiration for Sustainable Living. We are late to recognise our requirement to act. This text will help us and others not be too late, God willing.

Reviewed by Revd Dr Stephen Skuce, District Superintendent, the North Western District

 

Review by Kate Lemon, One25

The environment and climate change has been one of the central debates for many years. Many of us are seeking hope for the future and joining those who are trying to reduce waste, act more responsibly towards the environments and show they care for the living world.

This 2nd edition combined practical theology with the latest science. it is a useful resource for church leaders and group leaders ( e.g. Sunday schools) it covers

Biodiversity
Climate change
Human population and consumption
Water/ food
Soil
Energy 

Each chapter offers a bible study section at the end and often an eco-tip as well as biblical reflection.