Quotable Creation Care: Peter Harris Says Creation Care Is About Celebration, Not Anxiety

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I think eco-judgmentalism is a real danger. This is not a matter of finding another five quick rules to keep you on the right side of God. This is not about what we do; this is a change or a development in the depth of our relationship with God himself. It’s about everything, not just about a narrow slice of topics. It would be disastrous if we turn the biblical vision into a code that “good” Christians follow—something like, thou shalt eat muesli, wear sandals, and look miserable. I think the environmental movement has been perceived as judgmental and angry, claiming moral high ground and issuing rules with disapproval. Recently a social scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology told me that studies have shown one of the marker personality traits among environmentalists is anxiety. The Christian approach is very different: it is celebratory and grateful and hopeful.”

Peter Harris. “The Joyful Environmentalists: Eugene Peterson and Peter Harris.

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