Red, yellow, blue and green: eco-theology within the Salvation Army

Seaman, Matthew (2011) Red, yellow, blue and green: eco-theology within the Salvation Army. Aldersgate Papers, 9 September: 48-66.

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Author Seaman, Matthew
Title Red, yellow, blue and green: eco-theology within the Salvation Army
Journal name Aldersgate Papers
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue September
Start page 48
End page 66
Total pages 19
Place of publication Thornlands, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this paper is briefly to review historical and current ecological themes within The Salvation Army. Two positions are assumed. Firstly, humanity is in a place of power over God’s earth as never before. This place of power and dominion (in a negative sense) has given rise to environmental degradation and abuse on a global level. This degradation and abuse appears to be causing changes in climate that will have far- reaching effects on earth’s systems and life forms, both human and non-human. In essence, things are not as they should be. Secondly, eco-mission, pro-environmental behaviours, creation care and such, should be an integral part of Christian thinking and action, and therefore should also be an essential element of Salvation Army thought and action. In light of these assumptions this paper contains an overview of The Salvation Army’s beginnings and subsequent operations and underscores the predominantly anthropocentric nature of the work to date. Eco-themes are observed in a number of Salvation Army writings and mention is made of a number of current signs of eco-mission. It concludes with possible challenges to expanding ecological justice into the praxis of Salvation Army work and indicates signs of hope for the future.
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Additional Notes BEING OPEN TO GOD’S FREEDOM: WESLEYAN ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE Papers from the 3rd Annual Conference of the ACWR, held at the Nazarene Theological College, Brisbane, 5-6 August 2011

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