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Pollution and the Death of Man Paperback – March 2, 2011
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About the Author
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and a longtime worker at Swiss L'Abri. Udo and Debbie Middelmann have five children and three grandchildren.
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He rightly points out that Christianity is somewhat responsible for environmental problems, but shows that Bible-practicing churches and members should wake up and see what the Bible really says on the issues. By shuffling the environmental issue back into the corner and ignoring it, we push environmentally concerned people into the Eastern religions and away from Christianity. Since John Passmore's famous book, which blames Christianity's view of dominion (Genesis/Eden) for Western Civilization, and Puritanism for the demise of American ecosystems, the environmental movement has begun rejecting Christianity as a cure. Furthermore, dispensational theology which sees the world as collapsing and being annihilated by Jesus after the Millennium, in favor of building a new Earth, quite strongly implies that we needn't bother with such earthly issues, since the earth will "pass away" no matter how nicely we tend it (rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic). So Passmore and others are somewhat correct, that Christianity has fallen flat on its face in regard to environmental issues. Schaeffer in this book prophetically warns about it, and turns out to be correct.Read more ›
Schaeffer acknowledges from the beginning of this book what our society's secular humanists cannot--that mankind has been called by God to exercise dominion over the earth. But like everything else in this world, man's ability to exercise such dominion has been affected by the Fall. No longer do we tend the world always in love, but instead we ravage and pillage it. Though we may not believe in all of the dire claims being made about the world today, we must at least acknowledge that we have not cared for the world as God has called us to.
The answers to this crisis lie not in our own efforts and not in the dictums of former Vice Presidents. Rather, if we are to understand the crisis, its roots, and its solutions, we must turn to Scripture. And this is precisely what Schaeffer does in Pollution and the Death of Man. Originally published in 1970, the book reads as if it was written yesterday (if the reader is willing to replace the ecological crises of thirty years ago with those of today, perhaps substituting global warming for DDT). Schaeffer looks at the spirit of the day and sees how men are dealing with ecological issues. Perceptively, he sees that ecology, bereft of any firm, biblical foundation and without any consistent basis for morality, is breeding a kind of pantheism.Read more ›
In this book, Schaeffer discusses the Christian approach to the environment and deals with the all-too-common misconceptions peddled by those Christians who are either ignorant of Biblical truth in this area, or are so intent on distancing themselves from the pantheistic, bleeding-heart, tree-hugging left that they come across as uncaring and abusive.
Nature does play a part in God's plan, and far from being entrusted with it as a no-strings-attached gift - a common misconception of the use of "dominion" in the Genesis account - we have been given the moral responsibility of keeping our surroundings while at the same time utilizing them conscientiously to meet our needs. In ridiculing and minimizing man's God-given duty of stewardship, modern Christianity has severely impaired its testimony and driven many conscientious individuals into the arms of equally erroneous sects - many of them pantheistic. This tendency is as wrong as it is regrettable.
Schaeffer further points out that having been created by the same God, any attempt by man to look down on and misuse his physical surroundings is to pass judgement on the God Who created those surroundings � and us.
Overall well-balanced and thought-provoking, Schaeffer answers the excesses of extreme Christianity on the one hand and raving nature-worship on the other with a treatise that is as elucidative as it is highly readable. This is required reading for anyone who wants to be convicted and informed of the necessity to appreciate and respect nature within the God-oriented context of Biblical truth.
- Benjamin Gene Gardner
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I think the concept of some of this book is good but it is very redundant and hard to read. The author could have said what they did in one chapter so it really wouldn't be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by K W.
Completely agree with Schaeffer that Christians need to find the right balance between the conservation of nature and the flourishing of humans. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dean C. Clark
Schaeffer provides a very balanced approach to ecology, remaining faithful to the Scriptures. He corrects the liberty and excess that Christianity has endorsed in the past, but he... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by drz
It is true that the environmental movement has not been embraced by Christians the same way we have come to fight for traditional values and life, but Schaeffer's "Pollution and... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Canuck Monk
Although this book was written about 40 years ago, it is still very relevant in light of todays's problems. A must read for all Christians, and very good read for anyone.Published on June 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This discussion is on ecology---mans' relationship with nature. I think there is little dispute, that man does have some impact on the earth. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Scott Walker
There is no doubt that the guy knows what he is talking about. I think it brings to light why Christians in particular have reason to care for the environment. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Jason Arthur
Pollution and the Death of Man is Schaeffer's response to two 1967 articles on environmentalism and religion. One is "Why Worry About Nature? Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by cxlxmx
Pollution and the Death of Man is one of Francis Schaeffer's seminal works. It is a profound treatise of a biblical perspective on the environment - insightful, convicting,... Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Mike Beidel