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Sunday Quote!- Ecological Ignorance

fbe-sbpEvery Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

Ecological Ignorance

In For the Beauty of the Earth, Steven Bouma-Prediger challenges readers to try to answer a number of questions about their place–where they live. These include questions like naming local flora and fauna, having knowledge of the geological formations and history of the area, speaking of wind and water cycles, and more.

After asking the questions, he poses this challenge:

If the answer to these questions is “no,” then we really do not know where we are. Despite our education we remain ecologically illiterate. (3, cited below)

Now of course we cannot be experts on every aspect of the place in which we live, but we must acknowledge our general ignorance about it. I couldn’t name most of the native flora in the area I live. How might this impact the way in which we view our place in the world? What of our charge to care for God’s creation? How might we better increase our ecological awareness so that we may not do more harm then good?

For the Beauty of the Earth is an excellent read for those wanting to explore the answers to these and many other questions.


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Steven Bouma-Prediger, For the Beauty of the Earth (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2010).



About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick is a Lutheran, feminist, Christ-follower. A Science Fiction snob, Bonhoeffer fan, Paleontology fanboy and RPG nerd.


6 thoughts on “Sunday Quote!- Ecological Ignorance

  1. As a consulting agronomist and amateur ecologist, I would agree most evangelical Christians are greatly lacking in the knowledge of God’s revealed creation. Why isn’t it just as important to study God’s creation that He requires for us to be good stewards and managers, as well as knowing His revealed Word? I enjoy your posts, keep it up.

    Posted by Orvin Bontrager | April 19, 2015, 7:25 AM
    • Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by. I think that we really lose something when we do not engage with God’s creation in meaningful fashion. Will I ever be able to answer all the questions put forth in this book about where I live? Probably not, because I don’t have the expertise that is required for them–but that is the point of the questions and the challenge put forth by the author. There is much I have to learn about my environment and God’s creation. And, frankly, the times I feel closest to God are when I am in God’s creation, experiencing the awe of a wide ravine, the beauty of the gentle brook, and the like.

      Posted by J.W. Wartick | April 19, 2015, 10:08 AM


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