Earth Day’s 40th anniversary arrives on April 22 with people of faith promoting environmentalism more than ever — and others revering nature to the extent that some wonder if ecology is a new religion.
Yet for Christians, in particular, the concept of “creation care” is allowing them to find common ground on environmental protection.
Historically, environmental advocacy by Christians and other believers has been complicated by the varied political, social and moral layers within the movement. “Creation care” is an idea that has encouraged Christians, most notably conservative evangelicals, to embrace good stewardship of the Earth without buying into left-leaning environmentalism or any implication of nature worship.
In fact, many churches see environmentalism as a means of reaching new members and revitalizing their congregations.
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