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The Bible, Christianity, and the symbolism of water. How water pollution threatens our spiritual and physical health.
Water

Precious Gift and Endagered Resource

Publication Date:
5/6/2009
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0327

Although 72 percent of the earth's surface is covered with water, only 3 percent of that water is fresh water. Without fresh water most life as we know it would be impossible. In this study, we'll explore the issue of water pollution and consider ways in which we as Christians should share the responsibility of protecting our shared natural resources.

Water has crucial significance in the biblical narrative. It plays a role in creation, it is understood as essential to life, and it even figures in some miracle stories. It has momentous significance in the sacrament of baptism. A spiritual life without the symbolism of water would be as barren as a physical world without the presence of water. Even though the Bible does envision some kind of eventual end to history as we know it, there is little, if any, biblical warrant for human beings to take upon themselves to hasten that end by the irresponsible use of the environment.

In this study, participants will learn how water is misused, read Scripture passages that shed light on the spiritual importance of water, and discover ways large and small to turn the tide on the problem of water pollution.

Edward LeRoy Long Jr. is Pearsall Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics and Theology of Culture at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is the author of several books, including A Survey of Christian Ethics, A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics, War and Conscience in America, and Peace Thinking in a Warring World.


Martha Bettis-Gee is Associate for Child Advocacy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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