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Explore what different Christians believe in regard to creation and the environment and how they act on those beliefs.

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Religion and science- coursework In this coursework I am going to explore what different Christians believe in regard to creation and the environment and how they act on those beliefs. In this first section I am going to see what beliefs different Christians believe about matters of creation and about the human place in that creation. This quote from the bible sums up the key belief of all Christians, that God created everything in existence; 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth' Genesis 1:1:3 Some Christians believe that God created the Earth for a special race he planned to create; Humans. Other Christians think that the earth was created and then humans were made to look after it. Although some Christians think that God created the world for us to live in even these Christians agree that we must look after it since it is not ours, it truly belongs to God, as the following bible quote explains; 'The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.' Psalm 24:1 Many Christians believe that humans are the most important part of creation because we have authority over creation. Unlike animals we have been given a job, a duty for our existence which we must fulfil. ...read more.

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One way Christians could interpret the bible and act towards their beliefs, would be to say that since god made the earth for us and we were given "Dominion" (or power) over the earth and its resources we can use them how we like. Therefore taking care of the environment is not a compulsory action and it is not very important that we try to stop its destruction. Another view is that since they believe that, according to the bible we are going to have another life with God in heaven, after our lives on earth; we are just passing through this world, caring for this earth and this creation is an irrelevant and pointless task. The view that some of the different branches of the Christian faith are now trying to promote is that we must actively care for the earth. The different denominations of Christianity envisage different ways of doing this. The Church of England encourages people to take these general steps to try to preserve and protect the environment: * to take all possible steps, both nationally and internationally, to establish a just and economical use of the earth's energy resources, and to minimise the impact of consequential environmental pollution; * to take positive steps to curtail damage to flora and fauna by human activities in this country, and seek to extend such restraint elsewhere in the world; ...read more.

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The people most likely to think this would be non-believers (atheists) and people who aren't sure about their religious beliefs (agnostics) this is because this statement is doubting and questioning of the viability of the Christian ideas of God. This however is most definitely not the view of Christians; a Christian would say to someone with this belief that that though God gave us the earth he did not say that he would fix all of our problems for us. God told us, they would say, to care the environment and this is shown to us many times in the bible. Relying on God to do our job would be both irresponsible and also god would not wish to do this for us because, again we would become more like children and less like the free thinking free doing people that we are and, (as is told in the bible) god intended us to be when he first created us. My beliefs are similar to those of a Christian, I agree that we should not depend on someone else i.e. God, to do our dirty work. I personally think that since we have to live on this planet and we are the ones to need it, not God (if there is a God) we should care for it for own sakes and for the sakes of our children and the generations of the future. Helen Crutcher ...read more.

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