Topic 2 Religion and Planet Earth
What do religions say about the origins of life?
. Genesis Creation Story – Records the details of God creating the world in seven days. God made mankind “In his image” on the sixth day.
Christians believe that God gave them a world that they need to care for.
The Roman Catholic Church stated: ‘The Earth and all life on it are … given to us to share and develop, not to dominate and exploit.’
God created the earth for us to care for it and to protect it not to destroy it.
What has happened?
Mankind has treated his creation badly. Examples of this are air pollution, global warming, deforestation, water pollution. Many species are on the brink of extinction, especially due to deforestation. Be aware of the consequences of these actions.
Modern scientific theory disputes Genesis:
Time scale (Age of earth/time of Gods creation)
Place of man (Evolution Vs Design)
Extinction (Dinosaurs – Why would God wipe a species out?)
Christians point out that Genesis is not real and just highlights Gods creation. We should be in” awe” and “wonder” at his power. He was the
What does the attitude make them say about the issue?
“I put you in charge” – Responsibility Vs We can do as we wish.
“God looked at his creation and was pleased” – God was pleased with his design and we should therefore care for it.
How can we be good stewards?
Cut down on car usage
Use less electricity/gas/oil
Campaign to make governments change
Vote for Governments with Eco-Friendly campaigns – Earth summits.
Use renewable products
Be aware of your actions and how those affect others and the world.