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The status of environmental literacy and Christian environmental stewardship in selected training institutions of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Le Roux, Cheryl Sheila, 1954-
dc.contributor.author Tshenye, Rantshabo Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-09T11:02:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-09T11:02:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11
dc.identifier.citation Tshenye, Rantshabo Daniel (2012) The status of environmental literacy and Christian environmental stewardship in selected training institutions of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10479> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10479
dc.description.abstract Despite the fact that the Bible as the inspired Word of God deals primarily with the relationship between God and humankind and the way to salvation and eternal life, the Bible also presents tenets that entreat the protection of the natural and biophysical world. Consequently, since the environment is a foremost aspect of God’s creation it is appropriate to establish the Biblical perspective on creation as a whole and Christians’ subsequent position and duty to creation. Humankind has been ecologically irresponsible. Greed, inadequate knowledge and negligence have led to exploitation, degradation, and disregard for the natural environment. Unfortunately, there appears to be a “deep silence” within the Christian Church worldwide as well as in South Africa on believers’ role and duty towards the natural created environment. The premise underpinning this thesis is that God’s redemptive care applies not only to people, but also to the whole of creation and that believers have a Biblical mandate to care for the natural environment and afford it its concomitant value. The Bible provides believers with directives regarding environmental care summarised in God’s requirement for man to “work [the earth] and take care of it” (Gen. 2: 15). The anticipated outcomes of this research were to establish the status of Environmental Stewardship as a dimension Christian Stewardship and the level of Environmental Literacy provided for in the curricula of theological seminaries of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. The study further attempted to determine the level of understanding and stance of ministers, lecturers, elders and students towards these issues. Believers have a duty of care in relation to God’s creation in totality – both humanity and the natural environment. There is a great need for Christian discussion on and improvement in the appropriate use and protection of the environment. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 208 leaves) : ill. (some col.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Old Testament en
dc.subject New Testament en
dc.subject Theological seminary en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Environmental education en
dc.subject Stewardship en
dc.subject Christian stewardship en
dc.subject Environmental literacy en
dc.subject Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa en
dc.subject.ddc 261.88071168
dc.subject.lcc Ecotheology -- Africa, Southern
dc.subject.lcc Christianity -- Influence
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental education -- Africa, Southern
dc.subject.lcsh Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika -- Clergy -- Training of -- Africa, Southern
dc.subject.lcsh Protestant theological seminaries -- Curricula -- Africa, Southern
dc.subject.lcsh Christian stewardship -- Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika
dc.title The status of environmental literacy and Christian environmental stewardship in selected training institutions of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Curriculum and Instructional Studies en
dc.description.degree D. Ed. (Didactics)


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