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What role should believers have in caring for God's creation in light of Genesis 1:26-28 and Romans 8:20-22?

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Posts tagged creation care
A War-torn Creation

by Greg Boyd

Seeing the world as caught in warfare even at the level of creation, reframes the world in ways that have a practical impact on how we live our lives in kingdom mission. Anything we do to reflect God’s ideal for creation is a form of spiritual warfare. In fact, every positive thing we do for the earth (including recycling!) is a form of spiritual warfare. Many evangelical Christians may see this as a “liberal” agenda, but care for creation was our first command: “Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Gen. 1:28).

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William Carey, the Agriculturalist

by Ken Gnanakan

In his 1922 book, The Life of William Carey, George Smith refers to Carey as “the gentle botanist” who engaged in this recreation “in the interest of his body as well as of his otherwise over-tasked spirit.” Such engagement in kingdom activity must flow from a theology that legitimizes all activity in God’s world as God’s purposes.

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