Former IPCC head John Houghton says current environmental crisis is a spiritual problem – agree?


Sir John Houghton, in a paper written for his evangelical charity, the John Ray Initiative, argues that the “current environmental crisis” is a “spiritual problem”.

Houghton argues that “we are the stewards of creation” and as such [QUOTE]

“we are to look after the Earth, not as we please, but as God wants it looked after. Second, we have responsibility to the rest of creation as ones who stand in the place of God.

. . . the Genesis chapters, as do other parts of scripture, insist that human rule over creation is to be exercised under God, the ultimate ruler of creation, with the sort of care exemplified by this picture of humans as ‘gardeners’.”

Do you agree with this analysis by the lead author of the first three IPCC reports that we are “gardeners” of God’s creation, that God is the “ultimate ruler of creation” and that the current environmental crisis is therefore primarily a spiritual problem?

Source:SIr John Houghton, “The Christian Challenge of Caring for Earth”


I tend to agree that Mankind is responsible for stewardship of the Earth, as any farmer would tell you, it is a moral duty to pass the Earth on to our children in as good or better shape than it was passed to us. I would argue that the World is a lot cleaner and Greener now than it was in 1965 so we as a generation are on target.

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