RE EXAM 2: Religion, science and the environment: Christianity

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  • Religion, science and the environment: Christianity
    • The origins of the universe
      • God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.
        • Day 1 -created the heaven and earth. God said let there be light and names light and separates light from the dark and names the light “day” and the dark “night.”
          • Day 2 - God creates the sky. The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air. An atmosphere.
            • Day 3 - God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water. The large bodies of water are named “seas” and the ground is named “land.
              • Day 4 - God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies.The first is the sun which is the primary source of light and the moon which will distinguish day from night
                • Day 5 -God creates all life that lives in the water.God also makes all the birds.
                  • Day 6 -  God creates all the creatures that live on dry land. Let us make man in our image
                    • Day 7 - God rests.
    • Scientific Ideas
      • Big Bang theory
        • Big Bang could have been the mechanism God used
      • Evolution
        • Philip Gosse argued that the fossils,  had been placed there by God deliberately to fool people.
    • Caring about the environment.
      • let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock,
        • Some Christians have interpreted this story as giving people the right to exploit the environment
          • most people see themselves as being responsible for the world created by God
      • Stewardship
        • responsibility for God’s creation
          • In the Old Testament the Jews were told to rest the land once every 50 years so that it would produce more in the future. They were also ordered not to destroy trees when they were attacking a city
        • The earth is the Lord’s
          • Jesus stresses God’s concern for life:
            • Consider how the lilies grow.

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