Loving nature : Christian environmental ethics
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The two great commandments are to love God and neighbor; but ought we to love a loveless nature? Agape seems nowhere there to be found. Most of the sensibilities we nourish in civilized beings--being fair or kind, respect for rights--are not there in the wild. Is any sense of "love gone wild" plausible? The better category might be intrinsic values found in creation, to which we are drawn in respect and care. Loving the land is a central theme in Hebrew faith, a land for which God cares. In the landscape surrounding him Jesus found ample evidence of the presence of God. In Genesis, God enjoys ...