Resources

Further reading about stewardship issues

The Cornwall Declaration On Environmental Stewardship  (2000)
The past millennium brought unprecedented improvements in human health, nutrition, and life expectancy, especially among those most blessed by political and economic liberty and advances in science and technology. This 2-page declaration, endorsed by thousands of religious leaders around the world and additional thousands of laymen, states a basic Biblical understanding of the relationship of human beings to the planet and other living things and corrects misunderstandings common to the environmental movement.

A Call to Truth, Prudence and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming (2006)
Endorsed by nearly 200 experts, this carefully researched and thoroughly documented paper examines major scientific, economic, and ethical questions surrounding the global warming debate.

An Open Letter to the Signers of “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call To Action” and Others Concerned About Global Warming (2006)
In early 2006, 86 Christian leaders—college presidents, mission presidents, megachurch pastors, and others—signed “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action.” Sadly, almost none was aware of the tremendous debate over human influence on earth’s atmospheric temperature. The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, one of the organizations that started We Get It, produced a paper with the input of dozens of topic-qualified scholars, “A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor,” that corrected the “Call to Action,” and nearly 200 experts signed this “Open Letter” endorsing the “Call to Truth.”

The Cornwall Stewardship Agenda (2008)
A set of practical policy principles addressing poverty, development, climate, and energy.

An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming (2009)
Signed by over 150 evangelical scientists, economists, theologians, ethicists, religious leaders, and media figures, this Declaration is a clear and concise statement of the We Get It network’s understanding of global warming.

A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor (2010)
The world is in the grip of an idea: that burning fossil fuels to provide affordable, abundant energy is causing global warming that will be so dangerous that we must stop it by reducing our use of fossil fuels, no matter the cost. Is that idea true? This outstanding study by leading climate scientists, environmental and developmental economists, and theologians will give you a firm grasp of the controversy and explain why the We Get It understanding is sound.

The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ethics and Economics of the War on Conventional Energy (2011)
This paper, by a leading economist of environmental regulation, explains exactly why excessive regulation of America’s energy industry harms rather than helps Americans and people all over the world.

Protecting the Unborn and the Pro-Life Movement from a Misleading environmentalist Tactic (2012)
Some environmentalists portray their causes as intrinsic to the pro-life movement. The tactic often involves appealing to a “seamless garment” of support for life, or to being “consistently pro-life” or “completely pro-life.” By doing so, they obscure the meaning of “pro-life,” divide the pro-life vote, and make it more difficult to elect truly pro-life members to Congress and state legislatures to reduce and eventually eliminate abortion on demand in America. Here prominent pro-life leaders correct the environmentalists and call for them to stop calling their issues “pro-life.”

The Biblical Perspective on Environmental Stewardship: Subduing and Ruling the Earth to the Glory of God and the Benefit of Our Neighbors (2014)
This short document sets forth in 30 concise affirmations and denials the most basic ideas of Biblical environmental stewardship.

What is the Most Important Environmental Task Facing American Christians Today? (2014)
Many environmental concerns clamor for attention and investment. How do we prioritize these challenges? This concise study introduces readers to the science, economics, and theology of many environmental stewardship issues and directs readers to great sources for further study. It’s an excellent resource for group studies in churches and schools.

A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger (2014)
This major paper, by one of the world’s leading climate scientists and one of the world’s leading economists of climate and environment, delivers the evidence that climate change is largely natural, human contribution is slight and not dangerous, and the best response is to promote economic growth and development to enable people to afford to adapt to any future climate, whether warmer or cooler.

Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies (2014)
As governments consider far-reaching, costly policies to mitigate human contribution to global warming, Christian leaders need to become well informed of the scientific, economic, and ethical debates surrounding the issue. This brief, 10-point statement, endorsed by hundreds of experts and citizens, tells how government policies on climate and energy should be shaped to protect America’s and the world’s poor.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis 1:31

You have crowned him with glory and honor.  You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.
Psalm 8: 5-6

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 
Psalm 82:3

For the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness
I Corinthians 10:26

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.
Galatians 2:10