Note from the editor: Creation care is a topic that has been neglected in a lot of evangelical churches and so Christians that are interested in this topic may not know where to turn. One of our elders has reviewed three books here to help you research further.
After hearing the sermon Sunday, I thought it would be helpful to provide a few more resources for you on developing a Christian view of creation care. Enjoy!
- Consider the Lilies: A Plea for Creational Theology. By T. M. Moore. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing Company, 2005. 232 pages.
Taking up “the happy task” of explaining what he calls creational theology, T. M. Moore reexamines the biblical doctrine of General Revelation in this short, four-part volume. He starts by explaining the meaning of theology in part one then seeks to set a foundation for the doctrine of General Revelation and connect it with Scripture and creational theology in part two. Part three is a study of Jonathan Edwards’s use of General Revelation and creational theology in his life and works. Part four seeks to push the reader to practice creational theology in his or her daily life.
I found this book to be helpful in my own personal practice of theology—living out what I believe. It was slightly vague at times and may be harder to understand for those less academically minded. However, the observations Moore made about general revelation and how that can affect growth in your personal knowledge of God profoundly impacted my thoughts on nature, culture, and conscience. I also gained new insight into how to engage non-Christians with the gospel via creational theology.
- For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care. By Steven Bouma-Prediger. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2008. 234 pages.
Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger presents a Christian view of creation care. The overall design of the book is to put forth a Christian ideal for ecological theology and practice. It covers a broad spectrum of ecological, theological, and ethical issues related to the environment. He begins by first reminding the reader of the place in which humanity dwells: the earth. Then he reminds the reader that the world is flawed, using many contemporary examples of current environmental issues such as deforestation, desertification, water scarcity, etc. But he also attempts to lay out the view Christians should champion when dealing with these topics and reminds us of the hope we have in Christ.
I found the book to be helpful in some ways and frustrating in others. The author, while well intentioned, seems to ride the line of elevating nature while denigrating humanity. There are many truths for Christians to consider when shaping a personal view of creation care, but you’d better read it with a critical eye.
- Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. By Albert M. Wolters. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005. 143 pages.
In his own words, Albert Wolters wrote this small book as, “An attempt to spell out the content of a biblical worldview and its significance for our lives as we seek to be obedient to the Scriptures.” (1) He describes the three basic biblical categories of creation, fall, and redemption, which he calls the ABC’s of an authentically Christian experience. And he explains how, “‘Structure’ and ‘direction’—our shorthand notation for these biblical themes (creation, fall and redemption)—ought to shape the convictions of a biblical people.” (87) The postscript completes the overall work by expounding general biblical themes and information, such as the gospel, which were taken for granted in the original book.
Out of the three, this book is my favorite. I believe it provides the comprehensive biblical framework Wolters hoped for. It helped me understand how the overall narrative of the Bible (creation, fall, redemption) affects daily living, including topics such as creation care. And when I share the gospel with anyone, this is undoubtedly the framework by which I share it. Unfortunately, it speaks more to an academic audience. But to me it’s worth a try. I liked the book and thought it was helpful in forming a Christ-centered, biblically based worldview.