What I addressed in my book Drewermann and Buddhism and in the chapter on environmental in my work Ethics several years ago is more topical than ever, as should be demonstrated with my commentary “Environmental Ethics” in Lausanne World Pulse, the journal of the international Lausanne Movement and Wheaton College. Ecology is becoming more and more its own religion, or better said, it is becoming a potpourri religion, or even a playground for all sorts of religious, new age, and atheistic prophets. Much has less and less to do with self-critical science and a scientific approach that limits itself to what one can know. When the steel industry promotes and owns wind mill companies on a grand scale (after the auto industry the steel industry is the second largest steel consumer), and co-founders of the Green Party and ex-politicians have become millionaires with solar energy companies, then what was once a moral appeal about small versus big and about good versus evil becomes passé.

Only when mankind subordinates himself to God does he, as the crown of creation, do justice to his responsibility for the creation. Whoever deifies the creation (nature, the environment) or whoever puts mankind on a par with the creation in a New Age manner, has no basis for his alleged responsibility. In the future we will not have to answer before our grandchildren but rather before God.

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My earlier articles in Lausanne World Pulse on the topic of the persecution of Christians:


One Comment

  1. Sehr geehrter Herr Schirrmacher,

    gegenwärtig beschäftige ich mich mit der Frage welche Bedeutung die aus der jüdischen Religion bekannten Vorstellungen über tikun Olam und letakken Olam (Reparatur der Welt, Weltverbesserung) für das Christentum haben. Und ob diese Vorstellungen denen der “Bewahrung der Schöpfung” entgegenstehen.

    Der Grund, warum ich hier nachfrage ist, dass immer mehr Überzeugungen aus dem Bereich “Ökologismus” die christlichen Kirchen erreichen. So vor allem Nachhaltigkeit und dergleichen. Diese Frage habe ich auch schon im Science-Skeptical-Blog gestellt, doch würden mich hier auch Ansichten von Theologen interessieren.

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