a Christian response to climate change — 2.0

I’m aware that my previous post (about providence and climate change) was a bit of a tangled mess. Let me try to tease it apart a little and lay out the direction in which I’d love to see the conversation move.

What I’m proposing to do is:

  • Take another look at the question of how Christians should respond to climate change. In particular, I’d like to focus on some of the urgent, practical questions — about how to balance competing priorities, etc — that I never really got around to dealing with in my earlier reflections (such as THISTHIS or THIS).
  • Yet in turning to application I don’t want to turn my back on theology. I’ll continue to try to gather my thoughts around the topics of God’s providence — his gracious, sovereign and purposeful interaction with the world he has made — and human stewardship, taking Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness as a touchstone.

Here (in a little more detail) is how I’m proposing to tackle it:

  1. ‘If you are the Son of God…’ — God’s provision and human stewardship
  2. ‘Not by bread alone’ — the heart of human stewardship
  3. ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’ — the shape of human stewardship
  4. ‘Serve him only’ — the goal of human stewardship
  5. ‘They will bear you up’ — the un-looked-for satisfaction of stewardship

I expect to add further sub-points as I elaborate on each of these ‘theme-statements’, fleshing out what they might mean for our responsibility to care for God’s good creation (although, of course, they have wider application — and indeed, the fact that creation care isn’t the only game in town is something with which we’ll no doubt wrestle as we move forward).



  1. Brother,

    Sorry I haven’t been reading much of this in the past few weeks. However, I’ll be interested to see how you plan on using Christ’s temptation (and particularly Luke’s account?) as a touchstone for this…


    1. No need to apologise, Dan!

      I’ll probably be basing it on Matthew’s account for the most part.

      I’m planning to offer some justification (and explanation) as I launch into it. Basically, I’m more and more convinced that this encounter takes us into the heart of the cluster of themes around the doctrine of providence — God’s sovereignty and goodness as well as human trust and responsibility. And while I don’t want to treat Jesus merely as an example for us to imitate, I do want to take seriously his presentation as the true Israel (in Matthew) and true human being (in Luke).

      Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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