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Charting a pagan path for environmental care?

March 11, 2013

Does anyone doubt the pagan religious foundation of much of our culture’s current powerful environmentalist movements? All the major players subscribe to the Earth Charter. I just read it, and on a number of points its deeply antithetical to orthodox, biblical Christianity. For example, its final section on democracy, non-violence, and peace calls everyone to: “Recognize that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”

What’s missing in that definition of peace? Two things: it misses the real root of the problem: our alienation from God, and it assumes reality is ultimately one (“the larger whole of which all are a part.”), rather than the truth that reality is divided in two: God and his creation.  The ultimate oneness of all reality is a fundamentally pagan belief.

Many people today are convinced that because we live in a pluralist world, with many competing religions and worldviews, that there is no truth.  How could biblical Christianity be true, when there are so many options?  In reality, there are only two fundamental options: either one believes the Bible’s message that reality is fundamentally two, a Creator God and his creation of the entire physical cosmos and spiritual realm, or one holds a variation on the theme that reality is ultimately one–whether you are one-ist in a traditional pagan sense, a materialist atheist or agnostic sense, or in some other religion’s sense, its still an all-is-one viewpoint.  Biblical Christianity stands in stark contrast to those claims.

There are many half-truths in the Earth Charter (relationships with self, other persons, other creatures, and the earth do need to be righted, but this only happens when one’s relationship to God is restored first by Christ Jesus – cf. Romans 8 where creation groans with anticipation for redemption), and many well-meaning Christians, rightly concerned that we care responsibly for creation, are unknowingly embracing pagan perspectives.

You can read the Earth Charter for yourself, and then let me know what other pagan beliefs you see in that document.

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