Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Adam and Eve, Environmentalists

Adam and Eve were the original Tree Huggers according to John Hart, Professor of Christian Ethics at Boston University.

"There's a particular phrase in there which has not quite been accurately translated from the Hebrew for a number of years," Hart said. "But it says that the first humans are put in the garden, which represents Earth, to conserve and to serve it. If we think along those lines, to serve and conserve, I think we would have a sense of heightened responsibility towards the creation of which we are a part."

Hart made his remarks at a forum on Religion and the Environment held at a Roman Catholic Church in Eden Prarie, Minnesota and attended by approximately 1000 people from 90 area Roman Catholic Churches. The event included a number of speakers who outlined the problem of global warming.

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