Category: Environment

Earth Day won’t save us

When I was little, I had a strange obsession with the environment. I collected animal stickers, watched endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and stayed up late at night worrying about the rain forest. It was an odd concern, one that made my parents and schoolteachers call me “mature for my years.” As I see it now, this interest was actually the development of guilt. How could I learn about oil…  [more]

From biophobia to biophilia: loving God through His creatures

One summer morning my 3-year-old son headed outside to ride his Big Wheel on our front sidewalk. He was “authorized” to ride the sidewalk between our house and our best friends’ house two doors down. We thought it was safe. A blood-curdling scream, tearful wails and a jackhammer pounding on the screen door indicated otherwise. “What’s the matter?  Are you okay?”  What…  [more]

Get ready for Earth Day with a TC collection on creation care

In the past few years we’ve been able to increase the variety and number of stories published at Think Christian, which means we’ve developed a fairly robust archive. These articles are easily searchable right here on the site, of course, but we also saw an opportunity to produce carefully crafted packages on specific topics, which we could then offer to our readers as PDF downloads. That’s the…  [more]

Ringling Bros., elephants and serving as creation’s stewards

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was a regular part of my childhood. I don’t remember feeling too strongly about the use of elephants in the show either way. To be honest, I was more into the tigers (although the elephants certainly ranked higher than the clowns). Things look differently through adult eyes, however, which is how I’ve experienced the Ringling Bros. circus in recent years.…  [more]

Is climate engineering good creation care?

You may spend much of your days in a climate-controlled environment where the touch of a button or the turn of a dial will adjust the temperature. Could you imagine having such a thermostat for Earth’s climate? The planet is getting too warm, so let’s just dial back the temperature. Climate engineering – also referred to as geoengineering, climate intervention or climate hacking - is an attempt to…  [more]

Why every Christian should care about nuclear disarmament

The Cold War ended decades ago, but since then the global conversation on nuclear weapons has been heating up. Yet the issue of nuclear arms is so complex and its stakes so high that most ordinary citizens are at a loss to formulate reasonably informed opinions. In fact, few outside a small number of specialists are knowledgeable about the topic. This is why the Nuclear Threat Initiative sponsored the attendance of…  [more]

Human composting: ashes to ashes, dust to dust?

A discussion on green burial recently led a friend to send me a news item on human composting. That’s not composting by humans. It’s composting of humans (or, to be more specific, of human remains). A Seattle organization is proposing what they call the Urban Death Project. (They might want to give a little more thought to the name.) It’s a facility designed to decompose human remains, much like a…  [more]

Wiring the wild: animal exploitation or creation care?

While on a recent trip to India’s Periyar Tiger Reserve, my wife and I were told by our guides that approximately 48 tigers lived in or near the preserve, although sightings are quite rare. How then did they arrive at the number 48? Trail cameras snap motion-activated photos of the cats during their nighttime prowls. We’re getting used to being perpetually on-camera in the human realm. Now we’re…  [more]

Is civilization natural? A Christian answer

In a recent piece for NPR’s Cosmos & Culture blog, Adam Frank poses this question: is civilization natural? As Frank ponders the global effects of modern cities, he asks whether we need to reconceptualize standard dichotomies, such as city/country, built environment/wilderness and culture/nature. He notes that we commonly map key values onto this distinction as well, either exalting civilization as holding…  [more]

A theology of billboards

Three years ago my family moved to Austin, Texas. Our very first spring we got a front row seat to the effects of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, a legacy of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. In a place known for heat and drought, springtime in Texas kicks off a wildflower parade up and down the state’s medians and roadways. Johnson’s concern about the increasing number of billboards crowding…  [more]

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