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A Must-read on Creation Care 22 December 2020 Background reading and research was integral to our writing A Nature Lover’s Guide to Seeing God . Among the books and articles that we avidly read, there are some we’d like to draw to your attention. You may well be already familiar with these, in which case hopefully our opinion accords with your own. The first on the list is Creation Care, written by Douglas and Jonathon Moo, a father and son writing team. Douglas Moo is a well-known New Testament scholar, the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His son, Jonathon Moo, is associate professor of New Testament and environmental studies at Whitworth University, Washington State. Their book provided valuable insights. Our life in this world is unquestionably dependent on the elements in nature -- sunlight, fresh air, clean water, healthy soils, forests, oceans and the multitude of creatures that live on land and in the water, so many of whose interactions are yet to be observed, let alone understood. Despite this, overall, we humans are relentlessly and often wilfully destroying that which we have been given and on which we depend for a physically, mentally and spiritually healthy existence. The importance of creation-nature, while recognised by many across the world, has been lost on so many others, including Christians, and is rarely the subject of sermons or messages. Perhaps this is because it is mistakenly viewed from the confines of politics rather than considered from the much greater view of God. This book, therefore, is like a breath of fresh air because it deals from a biblical perspective with the very issue of the place and value of creation (so often referred to as Mother Nature, itself an often-unrecognised euphemism for the God-aspect in nature). With great clarity and honesty, the Moos look at what the Bible says about creation. In doing so they address such questions as such as what do Christians have to do with creation? Should we care about creation (nature)? Does it matter if we don’t? What does Jesus teach about ‘ruling’? The New Testament does not refer much to nature-creation; does that mean it is no longer important? Is creation care part of the gospel? If caring for nature-creation is part of our renewed being, what should we be doing? To be mature as Christians, we need to live life in an increasingly integrated (whole) manner. An enhanced understanding of our place in and responsibility with regard to creation will facilitate this. This book with its careful biblical understanding of the created world and humanity’s role can help us on this journey. Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New testament at University of St Andrews, Scotland wrote, “This book deserves to become the standard work of its kind. One of its many merits is that it grounds creation care in the whole biblical story from creation to new creation.” We totally agree.