Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Consecration, Stewardship, and Accountability: Remedy for a Dying Planet
Consecration, Stewardship, and Accountability: Remedy for a Dying Planet Larry L. St. Clair and Clayton C. Newberry The environmental crisis we face today is symptomatic of an ignorant, greedy, lazy, and often evil society. More policies, rhetoric, and money will not solve the earth's environmental problems. Only when we stop trying to cure the symptoms of the earth's environmental sickness will we understand more fully that real solutions require changes in our thinking and in our hearts and a significant sacrifice of current lifestyles. The issue is whether we will make the changes because of wisdom or be compelled to change because of environmental catastrophe. Our reluctance to address seriously environmental issues is based on at least five fundamental misunderstandings of scripture. These misunderstandings are not merely academic or doctrinal; they are central to the perpetuation of life on earth and the spiritual and temporal edification of all of God's creations. First, we have misunderstood the commandment to have dominion over the earth and subdue it. Often we have interpreted this to mean that we own the earth and thus have an unlimited right to plunder it and devour its resources for our pleasure. This interpretation shows itself in greed, self-justification, and rapaciousness, but its weakness is revealed in environmental pollution and resource depletion so dramatic as to jeopardize the very lives of future generations. In contrast, the Lord intended the earth to be a revolving stewardship, to be passed from generation to generation. Each generation is to use the earth's resources to meet real temporal needs and justifiable wants, while consistently conserving and protecting the earth so that it might be maintained as a healthy, vibrant home for future generations. The second misunderstanding stems from a misinterpretation of Doctrine and Covenants 104:17, "For the earth is full and there is enough