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by Francis A. Schaeffer,Lynn White Jr.,Richard Means,Udo W. Middelmann

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Francis A. Schaeffer,Lynn White Jr.,Richard Means,Udo W. Middelmann
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Udo W Middelmann (Author), White Jr, Lynn (Contributor), Richard Means (Contributor) & 1 more.

Udo W Middelmann (Author), White Jr, Lynn (Contributor), Richard Means (Contributor) & 1 more. Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Schaeffer passed away in 1984 but his influence and legacy continue worldwide. Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation.

By Francis A. Schaeffer, Udo W. Middelmann, Contributions by Lynn White, Jr. . Middelmann, Contributions by Lynn White, J. Richard Means. The Bible is clear: mankind was meant to exercise godly domination over the earth. Yet today men mine valuable resources by whatever method brings the greatest profit in the shortest time, leaving the earth ravaged.

Francis A. Middelmann. Lynn White (Contributor). They are really there. Francis A. Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man, Ch. Richard Means (Contributor). We believe in a hierarchy that makes humanity more valuable than the rest of the creation, but this does not mean that we can abuse the rest of creation; instead we are called to be good stewards and care of it. Schaeffer exhorts Christians to seek beauty and protect nature. 4). Schaeffer (1912–1984) authored more than twenty books. This product is under licensing agreements with international distributors (international restrictions). Please contact customer service for further information. Repackaged and republished, Pollution and the Death of Man carries an important and relevant message for our day. With concluding chapter by Udo Middelmann.

Repackaged and republished, Pollution and the Death of Man carries an important and relevant message for our day. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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by Udo W. Middelmann, Francis A. Schaeffer, Lynn WhiteJr. Repackaged and republished.

Book One: Pollution and the Death of Man. Book Two: How Should We Then Live? . Book Two: How Should We Then Live? Book Three: Whatever Happened to the Human Race? Book Four: A Christian Manifesto. Books included in the one-volume collection. The francis a. schaeffer trilogy. The God Who Is There. Cover design: Josh Dennis. Cover photo: Where Do We Come From?

Pollution and the Death of Man is an ecological and philosophical work by the American presuppositionalist theologian Francis A. Schaeffer, published in 1970 the hippies of the 1960s did understand something.

Pollution and the Death of Man is an ecological and philosophical work by the American presuppositionalist theologian Francis A. Schaeffer, published in 1970 the hippies of the 1960s did understand something More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture - modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, th.

With concluding chapter by Udo Middelmann . Pollution and the Death of Man (9781433519475) by Francis A. Middlemann.

At the creation of the world, God gave mankind the responsibility to exercise dominion over the earth. Man was to use the earth and its abundance of resources to satisfy his physical needs, but he was also to care for the earth and its creatures as a wise and godly steward. Reading about endangered species or another oil spill will make it abundantly clear that the human race has failed miserably in its God-given mandate. How did we get to this point? Where should we go from here?

This classic by Francis Schaeffer, now repackaged, looks at contemporary ecological crises through the lens of theology and Scripture. Renowned for his work in applied philosophy and theology, Schaeffer answers serious philosophical questions about creation and ecology. He concludes that we must return to a profoundly and radically biblical understanding of God’s relationship to the earth, and of our divine mandate to exercise godly dominion over it. Repackaged and republished, Pollution and the Death of Man carries an important and relevant message for our day. With concluding chapter by Udo Middelmann.

  • Dikus
Completely agree with Schaeffer that Christians need to find the right balance between the conservation of nature and the flourishing of humans. We have taken nature too lightly and frankly arrogantly. There is Creator and created however there are distinctions made by God and accountability on man's part to take "subdue" the earth. We are to be caretakers of the earth not conquerors.
  • salivan
Schaeffer provides a very balanced approach to ecology, remaining faithful to the Scriptures. He corrects the liberty and excess that Christianity has endorsed in the past, but he avoids over-correcting.
  • GWEZJ
I think the concept of some of this book is good but it is very redundant and hard to read. The author could have said what they did in one chapter so it really wouldn't be necessary to have this in a book. I found it difficult to read and just stopped reading it.
  • Acrobat
There is no doubt that the guy knows what he is talking about. I think it brings to light why Christians in particular have reason to care for the environment. The book often becomes pretty dull but it's still worth the read for certain.
  • Jube
In the past weeks I have spent some time wrestling with issues related to the environment and creation care. I have been seeking distinctly Christian wisdom on this issue, seeking to learn how we, as Christians, are to understand this world and our role in its care and protection. Last week I turned to Francis Schaeffer's Pollution and the Death of Man hoping and even expecting that it would answer some of my deepest questions.

Schaeffer acknowledges from the beginning of this book what our society's secular humanists cannot--that mankind has been called by God to exercise dominion over the earth. But like everything else in this world, man's ability to exercise such dominion has been affected by the Fall. No longer do we tend the world always in love, but instead we ravage and pillage it. Though we may not believe in all of the dire claims being made about the world today, we must at least acknowledge that we have not cared for the world as God has called us to.

The answers to this crisis lie not in our own efforts and not in the dictums of former Vice Presidents. Rather, if we are to understand the crisis, its roots, and its solutions, we must turn to Scripture. And this is precisely what Schaeffer does in Pollution and the Death of Man. Originally published in 1970, the book reads as if it was written yesterday (if the reader is willing to replace the ecological crises of thirty years ago with those of today, perhaps substituting global warming for DDT). Schaeffer looks at the spirit of the day and sees how men are dealing with ecological issues. Perceptively, he sees that ecology, bereft of any firm, biblical foundation and without any consistent basis for morality, is breeding a kind of pantheism. Men deal with the environment by making themselves one with it and it one with them. He launches into what I'd consider classic Schaefferian thought: "Pantheism," he says, "will be pressed as the only answer to ecological problems and will be one more influence in the West's becoming increasingly Eastern in its thinking." Almost forty years later, his words are proving true. "The only reason we are called upon to treat nature well is because of its effects on man and our children and the generations to come. So in reality...man is left with a completely egoistic position in regard to nature." "Having no absolutes, modern man has no categories. One cannot have real answers without categories, and these men can have no categories beyond pragmatic, technological ones." "A pantheistic stand always brings man to an impersonal and low place rather than elevating him." In the end, pantheism pushes both man and nature into a kind of bog, leaving us unable to make any kind of necessary and rational distinctions.

After looking at a few alternative inadequate answers to pantheism, Schaeffer turns to the Bible to give the Christian view of creation care. He affirms that our understanding must begin with the world's creation when God created things that have an objective existence in themselves. Despite the claims of pantheism, creation is not an extension of God's essence. It is only the biblical view that gives worth to man and to all that God has created. Nature begins to look different when I understand that, though I am separate from it, I am related to it as something God has created. "So the Christian treats `things' with integrity because we do not believe they are autonomous. Modern man has fallen into a dilemma because he has made things autonomous from God." As we love the Creator, we love the creation.

Schaeffer next looks to "a substantial healing," saying, "we should be looking now, on the basis of the work of Christ, for substantial healing in every area affected by the Fall." As Christians we should be ones who are treated creation now as it will be treated in eternity. The problem, of course, is that "by creation man has dominion, but as a fallen creature he has used that dominion wrongly. Because he is fallen, he exploits created things as thought they were nothing in themselves, and as though he has an autonomous right to them."

The book's final chapter brings a few points of application, though they are more high level than practical. Still, they are insightful. "We must confess that we missed our opportunity. We have spoken loudly against materialistic science, but we have done little to show that in practice we ourselves as Christians are not dominated by a technological orientation in regard either to man or nature." "If we treat nature as having no intrinsic value, our own value is diminished." Ultimately, we treat nature well because we are all products of the loving Creator; we are all creatures together.

While Pollution and the Death of Man is one of Schaeffer's lesser-known works, it is one Christians would do well to read and study even today. In this book Schaeffer does what he does best, providing a logical, consistent, biblical response to a matter that really matters.
  • Vivaral
This discussion is on ecology---mans' relationship with nature. I think there is little dispute, that man does have some impact on the earth. But what should drive us to be good stewards? Will the belief that we are just one substance with nature (pantheism), give us that determination? Where, or from whom, do our morals come from? There are dangers of putting human feelings into nature. There are those that certainly believe we have an obligation because of an oneness with nature; but where does that lead us? We end up lowering man. Though there are forms of corrupted Christianity that do not have the answers to ecology either; Schaeffer shows how the genuine biblical view does. If one believes something is there only by chance what value can it hold, but if one believes it was created by God it deserves respect.

Schaeffer also discusses the division and corruption between man and man, man and nature, and nature and nature since the fall. As Christians, we have the hope and certainty this will be healed, but we can have a "substantial" healing while we are here. The appendix's by Lynn White Jr. and Richard L. Means lend more for us ponder.