A New City of God: A Christian Response to Climate Change
This book is scheduled for publication in 2020. The themes of the book are:
- We are running into limits, of which the best known is climate change. But other limits include resource depletion, over-population, biosphere destruction and excess debt. These limits are not problems, they are predicaments. Problems have solutions, predicaments to do not.
- To date there has been virtually no leadership at national or international levels. We continue to consume the earths’ resources at a record pace, and we continue to fill up the environment with our waste products — particularly greenhouse gases.
- Dire as this situation may be, it does present a wonderful opportunity for the Christian church and for individual Christians to provide much-needed leadership.
- Part of this leadership will consist of developing a theology for our times.
The title of the book is taken from St. Augustine’s City of God, written early in the early 5th century CE. Augustine lived at a time when the superpower of his time — the Roman Empire — was slowly, but inexorably declining. Indeed, one of the defining moments of his life was the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in the year 410. He recognized that all human institutions will eventually fail (look at all the “failed states” in the Hebrew Bible). Only one institution was permanent, he argued, and that was the City of God. So he and other church fathers set themselves the task of determining the nature of that “City”. In other words, he and other church fathers developed a theology for their times — a theology that would provide structure and organization during the coming Dark Ages and the early Middle Ages.
Other church leaders who worked out a response to changing times were Martin Luther and John Wesley.
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