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Evangelical Environmentalists and Ethical Oil

Evangelical Environmentalists and Ethical Oil

The “tarsands” have become a sticky topic in North America.  Development is becoming the main driver of the Canadian economy, but they pollute and they are ugly.  Should a responsible Christian offer up some worship lyrics and join Neil Young’s protest song?  Or is there a theological defense in favor of continued development? I would submit that the Protestant work ethic (PWE) that got us to here in the first place is good for a few more rounds. John Wesley summarized the PWE as “earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can”. This is a reflection of the reformer’s idea that all work is sacred, if it is done with your best effort “as to the Lord”. Money is nothing to be ashamed of, if it’s used wisely (“good stewardship”). Protestantism and the scientific method grew up together, coming as they did as part of the enlightenment.  The “modern” outlook they share is an attempt to appeal to objective observation rather than subjective decree....

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