Climate Change and God's Work of Election

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Abstract

Gijsbert van den Brink Eva van Urk The doctrine of divine election is not the first theme that comes to mind when we examine Christian themes that might make a difference to one’s attitude vis-à-vis climate change. In a recent volume on systematic theology and climate change, terms like ‘election’ and ‘predestination’ do not even occur in the index – let alone that a separate contribution on their roles has been included. Yet, doctrines, notions and intuitions about God’s work of election have become deeply engrained in the Christian mindset throughout the centuries, and it should not be ruled out that they interact – for better or for worse – with practical attitudes adopted towards all sorts of ‘worldly affairs’. In fact, that this is the case has already been hypothesized more than a century ago when Max Weber formulated his famous thesis about the causal connection between Calvinism and...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationT&T Clark Handbook of Christian Theology and Climate Change
EditorsErnst M. Conradie, Hilda P. Koster
Place of PublicationLondon/New York
PublisherBloomsbury T&T Clark
Chapter4.9
Pages451-461
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780567675187, 9780567675170
ISBN (Print)9780567675156
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • climate change
  • Christian theology
  • doctrine of divine election
  • predestination

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