THE ENVIRONMENT AS PROMISE AND PROBLEM IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Douglas Lawrie

Abstract


The article argues that discourse about the Bible and the environment is often insufficiently
materialistic and insufficiently theological. Ideas are not the motive force of history, but
arise in a complex dialectic in which humans create and are created by their environment
(Marx). This is briefly illustrated by examples from the Old Testament, focusing on how
Israel encountered her environment as promise and problem. When it comes to
disinterested concern for the earth, however, we have to go beyond this – closer to God, not
closer to nature which offers no unambiguous moral resources. This too is implicit in the
Bible.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/107-0-134

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