Why Christians Should Care about Environmentalism

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Dr. Sandra Richter shares on the topic of Christians and environmentalism, and why the Bible has more to say on the topic than most people think.

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Sandra Richter (PhD) is author of The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and Stewards of Eden: What the Scripture has to Say about the Environment and Why It Matters as well as the Seedbed "Epic of Eden" studies in Jonah, Ruth, and Isaiah. Currently the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Richter has served as a Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell and Harvard University, Sandy specializes in bringing the real people and real places of the Old Testament to life for both the academic and the lay person. Often to be found excavating in Israel, or hiking the back country, she has a number of technical pieces out integrating Syro-Palestinian archaeology and Bible. Dr. Richter is an amazing communicator, and extremely popular as an international speaker and teacher in both lay and academic contexts.


  1. God set mankind to subdue and rule over the earth and all created life. Mankind is not set to serve the earth or created life. Bluntly, mankind is told to exploit resources. This would take in the best use. Some might opine best use is destructive. It may be. No where in Scripture are believers told to leave creation in it’s initial state. Every activity of man from hunter-gatherer structure, nomadic, primitive and settled agricultural as well as clan, village, town and city structures involves modification of creation as originally found to a more useable form. Development without regard for consequences is foreign to the Scriptures.

    Believers cannot with integrity support the current environmental movement as pressed by the “crazy left-wing liberal types.” They use it with no concern for the will of God. They use it not just as a political tool but a political weapon by which to advance their own extreme political and social agenda.

  2. Sandra, thank you for the most sensible, balanced and concise words on Christians taking care of God’s creation that I can ever remember hearing.

  3. Arrogant attitudes like bthomas’ turn away a lot of people from Christianity. Christ equals mercy and compassion – lacking in bthomas’ comment. Sandra Richter is a breath of fresh air – and truth