I’m just getting my teeth into a research essay for my Humanity and Hope (Anthropology and Eschatology) paper, which will be about The Fall in Christian Evolutionary Perspective â€“ in other words, how to biblically, Christianly, and Theologically understand the Fall in a framework that accepts evolutionary science. As usual, I’ll post the essay on my Essays page â€“ it’s not due for another couple weeks, so won’t be until after that.
For now, I share a quote regarding the effect of the human fall upon the rest of creation â€“ from a lovely little book called Living with the Animals: The Community of God’s Creatures, by Charles Birch & Lukas Vischer:
“God’s creation is so designed that one part depends on another. Life is born from life. Life must come to an end so that new life can begin. The creation is characterized by constant dying away and coming into being. It lives by the continual sacrifice of living things. All living things â€“ humans, animals and plants â€“ share in this process, each in its own way. They all pass away and serve one another by their passing away. All form part of the vast sacrifice that life as a whole makes possible. In the end, no part of the whole can escape this common feature of creation.
By rejecting God, however, humans bring a new dimension into this factual state of affairs. They upset the fragile equilibrium of all creation in order to establish and implement their rule. Having exceeded the boundaries laid down for them, they then make humankind the centre of their universe to such a degree that they lose sight of the community of creation as God intended it to be. They believe that the only purpose of living creatures, animals and plants is humanity as the centrepoint of creation. The use of violence is taken as self-evident. The basic rule of creation is perverted. Instead of producing new life, humans work death and destruction.” (p.13)