The Church and Climate Change
The Church and and Climate Change is the first volume in the Signs of the Times series of Cluster Publications. Ernst M. Conradie analyses six different dimensions of "church" and describes the possible responses of each one to global warming and climate change.
Global warming and its effects on the climate which will impact every continent and every person, especially Africa and its peoples, has emerged as a key sign of the times of the early 21st century. Thus it is fitting that The Church and Climate Change is the first volume in the Signs of the Times series of Cluster Publications.
Ernst Conradie, who has a long-standing interest in environmental issues, surveys the scientific facts as they are emerging today about the causes and effects of global warming and climate change. He analyses six different dimensions of "church", ranging from the individual believer to denominational structures, and describes the possible responses of each one.
The false ideology of consumerism undergirds this ecological crisis. A new set of values, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, can give hope and energy for action. Christians must gather with all people of good will to discern this sign of the times and act together to save and sustain the earth.
Professor Ernst M. Conradie teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape. He is secretary of the Network of Earthkeeping Christian Communities in South Africa and is on the board of the South African Faith Communities' Environment Institute.
- Ernst M. Conradie