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Religious Leaders Call for Action on Global Warming

By March 10, 2008

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Religious leaders are taking a tougher stance on global warming and environmental preservation, and many of their colleagues and congregations are saying “amen.”

Today [March 10, 2008], 44 Southern Baptist leaders broke from their conservative denomination’s official stance on climate change when they released a declaration calling for greater action on global warming—from individual lifestyle changes to responsible public policy. The Rev. James Merritt, one of two past presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention who signed the declaration, compared environmental destruction to “ripping pages from the Bible.”

“We believe our current denominational engagement with these issues has often been too timid, failing to produce a unified moral voice,” the Southern Baptist leaders wrote in their declaration. “Our cautious response to these issues in the face of mounting evidence may be seen by the world as uncaring, reckless and ill-informed.”

This move by the Southern Baptists is only the latest of a growing trend among religious leaders of all faiths to view environmental stewardship as a moral imperative and a God-given responsibility.

The new declaration by the Southern Baptists follows by less than three months the midnight Christmas Mass delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, who bemoaned an “ill-treated world” and called on Catholics and nations worldwide to take better care of the earth. Pope Benedict has spoken out increasingly about environmental issues and has purchased carbon credits to offset the Vatican’s carbon dioxide emissions.

In the homily he gave to thousands of pilgrims in Rome, the pope said: “We need to care for the environment: it has been entrusted to men and women to be protected and cultivated with responsible freedom, with the good of all as a constant guiding criterion.”

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March 12, 2008 at 7:02 am
(1) guidoLaMoto says:

These are the same knuckleheads who are telling us to be fruitful and multiply in the face of the true impending crisis: world population overload as we approach the limit of our carrying capacity over the next 35 years.

April 9, 2011 at 12:11 am
(2) CaseyP says:

I think outside morality influenced them especially since I’m disturbed by a verse like this:
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. -Genesis1:28″

December 6, 2011 at 9:21 am
(3) Gordo says:

When someone quotes Genesis 1:28 to you, justifying mankind’s dominion over earth, kindly remind them to read Genesis in its entirety… Especially, Genesis 1:21-22
“So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ ”

This shows the BOTH man and creatures of our planet are to “be fruitful, and multiply”. The word “Dominion”, in ancient times, meant Stewardship not servitude or conquest.

We are to live in harmony with nature and protect God’s creation.

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