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#1 Posted on 9.5.03 1126.43
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This is from the Hartford Advocate;
"Reconstructionists believe the Lord will provide, and their view is laid out in America's Providential History, a religious right high school history textbook: "The secular or socialist has a limited resource mentality and views the world as a pie ... that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece," write authors Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell. "In contrast, the Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God's Earth. The resources are waiting to be tapped."

In another passage, the writers explain: "While many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the Earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people." Fossil fuels and forests are like the loaves and fishes, Reconstructionists say, miraculously multiplying for true believers."

http://hartfordadvocate.com/gbase/News/content?oid=oid:15286

I realize that such views are not representative of a majority of conservatives, but it seems like a sizeable number of powerful people on the right believe that we can continue to exploit the earth without consequences. This article is long, but very interesting.
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#2 Posted on 9.5.03 1143.05
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I would say most Christians have a "good steward" view when it comes to the environment. They believe it should be used when necessary, but also that the Earth is a gift from God and must be taken care of, plants and animals included. Genesis is often quoted in this regard.

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#3 Posted on 9.5.03 1153.18
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I believe Christians are starting to follow the "good steward" ideology. They did not for a long time (there were some, yes, but not the majority). Only recently have religious organizations been working with me in my role with the Sierra Club. Before, there was more of a "the earth is here for us to use, without regard to consequences" mentality.
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#4 Posted on 9.5.03 1203.54
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I never udnerstood why so many conservatives did have the exploit the environment. It is good economic policy to take steps to conserve the resources you have within reason to maintain your sustainability without taking rash steps based on pseudo-science that can wreck your economy. To a certain extent, you can have it both ways.
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#5 Posted on 9.5.03 1442.19
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There is that certain subset that holds the "The earth is ours to exhaust, because the Rapture is coming soon and we'll all fly up to heaven" belief system.

It would be more humorous, if people like James Watt (who subscribed to that theory) hadn't had a term as Secretary of the Interior.
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