John Murdock is a friend of ours who recently published an article, Pope’s Creation Teachings Nothing New for Francis Schaeffer Fans, in Christianity Today. The article is about the Pope’s recent Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), and connects Catholics and Evangelicals:
It begins, “What have they done to our fair sister?” If you have had a chance to skim the Vatican’s latest offering, you might understandably think you know from what I am quoting. After all, in Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You) the second sentence introduces us to “our Sister, Mother Earth” and the third reads, “This sister cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her.” Yet my opening words come not from the pope, but from another Francis—Francis Schaeffer. They initiate what one might well call an evangelical encyclical on the care of our common home. Pollution and the Death of Man was published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since, and in light of the recent missive from Rome, it is well worth reading again… Read more.