Mission to the Whole Creation

Author: Rev Dr Simon Steer, Principal, Redcliffe College

Abstract:

Is it time for humanity to be de-centred as the focus of mission? Do we need to repent of the anthropocentric bias of much missiology and recapture the radically inclusive biblical emphasis upon God’s mission toward the whole cosmos? These are questions prompted by the engagement of theologians and mission practitioners with contemporary issues of environmental degradation and ecological sensitivity. The growing awareness over the last several decades of major environmental challenges, such as ozone depletion, global warming, de-forestation, bio-diversity loss, water and air pollution, has prompted a quest for a holistic understanding of mission relevant to the contemporary ecological crisis. Such an understanding needs to include a commitment to sustainable relationships between human beings and the non-human creation. A transformation of our understanding of this relationship is an aspect of our salvation in Christ.

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