How Should Christians Care About the Environment?

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Few Christians would deny that “creation care” is a good thing or that stewardship of God’s creation is a biblical mandate. But many Christians differ on the public policy implications of environmental stewardship. Is creation care something Christians should only practice in their private sphere of activities (e.g., recycling, not littering, and so on), or is it an issue requiring larger political action (e.g., regulations to curb emissions, government incentives for clean energy development, and so on)? Should addressing climate change be a public policy priority for Christians? Why or why not?

These and related questions are addressed in this debate between Brian Mattson and Jake Meador. Mattson and Meador share their arguments and engage in a discussion moderated by Jim Davis, teaching pastor at Orlando Grace Church.

This debate is part of The Gospel Coalition’s Good Faith Debates series. When we keep the gospel central, we can disagree on lesser but still important matters in good faith. In the Good Faith Debates, we hope to model this—showing it’s possible for two Christians united around the gospel to engage in charitable conversation even amid substantive disagreement.