Loving Nature: Is God Green?

25 Aug

Loving NatureJames Nash, considered a Christian “ecotheologian,” wrote a book in 1991 called Loving Nature: Ecological Integrity and Christian Responsibility. He was troubled by the way stewardship of nature was becoming equated with practices of dominion and control.

More recently, Brian Borger, of Hearts and Minds book blog, posted a list of readings in “Learning to Love What God Loves: Creation Care and Christian Discipleship,” noting “it should be evident that the Bible teaches what might be called a green theology.”

Does God really love creation? If so, what does that mean?

How did “green” become synonymous with “pagan pantheist”? Or maybe “Godless liberal”?

Should churches be thinking and talking about things like energy usage, divestment of pensions invested in fossil fuel, environmental policy, sustainable food sheds, deforestation?

What did Paul mean in Romans 8 when he spoke of a groaning creation?

How does our eschatology shape our view of ecotheology?

This month we’re inviting bloggers to share posts on Loving Nature: Is God Green?

Feel free to share thoughts from time spent outdoors this summer, or from psalms, books, poems, whatever sets you thinking. This can be as political – or apolitical – as you choose.  And if the questions above are helpful, feel free to consider them. If not, ignore them!

The date of this month’s synchroblog is the third Wednesday of the month, September 18

If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post. Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, September 17 to make sure you’re included.

We ask each participant to include an introduction stating that their post is part of the “September Synchroblog – Loving Nature: Is God Green?” (you may want to include a link to this post for a full explanation) and a list of all the participants with their links at the end of your post.  The list of links can be copied and pasted at the end of your post after they are published on this site in a separate post on September 17.


15 Responses to “Loving Nature: Is God Green?”

  1. Liz August 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Thanks to Mike Morrell and Carol Kuniholm for suggesting this topic. I look forward to what people have to say.

  2. Jen Bradbury September 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Love this topic! Here’s my post: http://ymjen.com/blog/posts/is-god-green

  3. Carol KuniholmC September 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Here’s my contribution: For God So Loved the Earth

  4. David Derbyshire September 16, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Here is my contribution: Walking Through God’s Creation http://charismissional.com/walking-through-gods-creation/
    It goes live on Tuesday.

  5. Glenn Hager September 16, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Here you go. I accidentally posted early. It’s a plea for common sense. I look forward to reading what you all have to say.

  6. Olivier September 17, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Hi !
    Mine is here, though it’s in french. Hope it works too 🙂


    Love the idea of a synchroblog.

  7. Tim Nichols September 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Mine is called “Never A Last Leaf” and you can find it here: http://fullcontactchristianity.org/2013/09/17/september-synchroblog/

  8. Leah Sophia September 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm #


    desert spirit’s fire!

    September Synchroblog: Loving Nature – Is God Green?


    This was such a great topic; I’m excited about reading everyone’s contributions! …and will post links tomorrow.

  9. Liz September 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    ooops – I’m late. I will add mine to the list.


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