True North: Christ, the Gospel, and Creation Care

In the past few years, a growing number of evangelicals have become interested in the topic of creation care. Many believers know that caring for God’s creation is important on some level. Yet, it’s often difficult to carve out a balanced, biblical position between the extremes of a virtual disregard for creation on the one hand and secularist or pantheistic environmentalism on the other. Fortunately, a growing number of conservative evangelical scholars are weighing in on this important issue, including two of our own at Southeastern Seminary.

Mark Liederbach serves as professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern. He is also the vice president for student services and dean of students. Seth Bible, who earned his PhD in ethics under Mark’s supervision, serves as director of student life at SEBTS and teaches adjunctively at The College at Southeastern. These brothers are sharp ethicists, thoughtful theologians, and committed churchmen. Their new book is titled True North: Christ, the Gospel, and Creation Care (B&H Academic, 2012).

The B&H Academic website summarizes the contribution True North makes to the creation care discussion:

Because the Bible describes the second person of the Trinity as the key agent in creation, redemption, and the restoration of all things, it is imperative that Christians seeking conformity to the image of Christ root their understanding of, and motivation for, creation care in a theology and ethic that seeks to maximize the worship of Christ throughout all creation. Discussions related to creation care and environmental ethics have become both politically charged and highly controversial. Unfortunately, while a growing number of Christian books address various aspects of creation care that either support or deny the reality of global warming or perhaps advocate various policies and practices, there is very little work available seeking to focus on, clarify, and establish the biblical and theological foundations upon which Christians ought to care for God’s world. Even more specifically, there seems to be almost a complete dearth of accessible works in theology or ethics that offers a Christology of creation care. Thus, the purpose of True North is to explore the person and work of Christ in creation, redemption, and the restoration of all things so as to establish the idea that caring for God’s creation depends not upon prognostications for or against a global warming crisis. Rather, the motivation for Christians to care for creation flows from the created purposes established in the very fabric of the universe, faithful discipleship in Christ, and the inherent goal to return to God all the glory he is due from every corner and aspect of creation.

What follows is the book’s table of contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1: Finding True North

Chapter 2: Christ the Creator of All Things

Chapter 3: Christ the Creator and Humanity’s Unique Role in Creation

Chapter 4: Christ the Incarnate and Resurrected Redeemer

Chapter 5: Eschatology–Christ the Coming King

Chapter 6: True North Pursued

If you want to read an important contribution to the creation care discussion by two sharp Southern Baptist moral theologians, check out True North: Christ, the Gospel, and Creation Care.