6 Reasons Christians Should Study Environmentalism

“Religion is the root of any culture, and environmentalism has become a full-fledged religion in its own right. It is the most comprehensive substitute in the world today for Christianity so far as world view, theology, ethics, politics, economics, and science are concerned, and you need to understand it in order to counter it effectively, from presuppositions to policies, from classroom to movie theater, from evening network news to Internet and local newspaper.”[1]

            E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman

Why Should You Study Environmentalism?

As I will be writing a lot about environmentalism on this site, I would first like to offer some reasons why Christians should be concerned both with environmentalism and the corresponding environmental movement.

Why should you care?  And why should you want to learn more about environmentalism?

1.  Environmentalism Offers a Comprehensive Substitute to Christianity 

Environmentalism has become a complete alternative world view to Christianity, with its own doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation.[2]

And as I will demonstrate on this site, the dominant teachings of environmentalism are in direct opposition to Scripture.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to cast down “arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

In order to obey God’s command with respect to environmentalism, as Dr. Beisner says above, we “need to understand it in order to counter it effectively, from presuppositions to policies, from classroom to movie theater, from evening network news to Internet and local newspaper.”

2.  Environmentalism is the Greatest Threat to Freedom and Western Civilization

As a complete opposing world view to Christianity, which is the basis for freedom and western civilization, environmentalism is a threat to both Christianity and freedom.

But just how big of a threat is it?

In The Coming Pagan Utopia, Dr. Beisner explains that environmentalism is a greater threat than:

  • The Marxist Secularism that spawned the Cold War
  • The Secular Humanism that has now all but disappeared (except in American government-school education), overwhelmed by a vaguely defined “spirituality”
  • Radical Islam with its Jihad [3]

You can look forward to an upcoming post where I will examine this claim in more detail.

3.  Environmentalism is Devastating to the World’s Poor

Many of the policies resulting from the environmental movement, especially with respect to Climate Change, have the effect of inducing or prolonging poverty for millions of people by preventing or delaying access to affordable energy. 

In order to protect the poor and prevent these types of policies, Christian leaders need to become well informed of the debates surrounding these issues.

For a quick primer on this, I recommend reading Protect the Poor:  Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies.

4.  Environmentalism is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

One of the things that makes environmentalism so dangerous is that it is thought by most to be friend, not foe.[4]

The doom and gloom mantra of environmentalism is now mainstream, and often uncritically accepted by well-meaning Christians.

Environmentalist buzzwords like “sustainability” and “going green” make environmentalism seem innocuous.  I mean, shouldn’t everyone strive to live “sustainably” and make the earth greener?

What we will see is that these terms are devoid of meaning or they mean the exact opposite of what people perceive.  Environmentalism is ultimately not about caring for the environment, it’s about government control and the abolition of private property rights.

5.  The Environmental Movement is Targeting Your Church

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE) along with its affiliated programs, receive massive amounts of funding from Left-leaning philanthropies to spread environmentalist propaganda and teaching aids to several hundred thousand Protestant congregations in America.[5]

Seminaries are also now producing pastors trained with materials from groups like the NRPE, which are filled with guilt manipulation tactics and trendy ecobabble.[6]

Christians need to be well versed in these tactics and ecospeak in order to spot the various lies and deceptions infiltrating the church.

6.  Studying Environmentalism Will Strengthen Your Faith

As Christians we do share common goals with radical environmentalists.  After all, God has commanded us to exercise dominion over the earth and we should take this commandment seriously.  But it is vitally important that we recognize and resist the anti-Christian presuppositions of the environmental movement.[7]

By studying environmentalism and comparing it to the Christian worldview found in the Bible, not only will you be better able to counter it, you will also be forced to examine your own assumptions and see how they compare with Scripture.

I hope you will join me as I continue my own study of environmentalism, and share it with you here.

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[1]  Beisner, E. Calvin. (2010, November 10). The Competing World Views of Environmentalism and Christianity. Retrieved from http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2010/11/10/the-competing-world-views-of-environmentalism-and-christianity/

[2]  Beisner, E. Calvin. “Ecological Utopia.” The Coming Pagan Utopia: Christian Witness in Tough Times. 1st ed. Escondido: Main Entry Editions, 2013. 56. Print.

[3]  Ibid.

[4]  Ibid.

[5]  Wanliss, James. Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death. 2nd ed. Burke: Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, 2013. 68. Print.

[6]  Ibid.

[7]  Ibid, 51.

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