Idolatry and the U.S. Climate Change Divide

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In his book The Dynamics of Faith Paul Tillich famously defines one’s object of faith as that for which one is willing to sacrifice everything. Some people sacrifice friends and family for money or fame. Others do so for a cause or idea. Others devote their lives to following God. Ultimately, however, a person can have only one god. When we rate other things as more important than God, or when we make God conveniently believe what we believe, we place our faith in false gods. That’s Tillich’s point.

Unfortunately, a number of gods seem to be making their appearance in the U.S. debate about climate change and about the environment in general. Continue reading “Idolatry and the U.S. Climate Change Divide”

The Environmental Consequences of Openness

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When we plant seeds in a perfect habitat – the right amount of water at the right times, appropriate amount of sunlight, most suitable soil type and tilth – they flourish, coming alive in front of our eyes. What does flourishing mean for people and what “habitat” fosters it? Can we learn something from this for how the environment might flourish when humans interact with it? Continue reading “The Environmental Consequences of Openness”