Natural Resources and God's Bounty

An evangelical Christian textbook teaches kids not to worry about overpopulation or scarcity of natural resources.

The following passages are excerpts from "America's Providential History," published by the Providence Foundation. The textbook was quoted by Glenn Scherer in "The Godly Must be Crazy," an article about evangelicals and the environment published by the online environmental magazine Grist in October 2004. Bill Moyers subsequently referred to the book in a speech in New York on Dec. 1, 2004, for which one of his sources was the Scherer article. The Providence Foundation says that it has sold more than 100,000 copies of the textbook since its first printing in 1989, and that it is used in home schooling, private and public schools, religious schools, political seminars, discussion groups, colleges, and seminaries.

In a Christian Society with Great Economic Freedom

Natural Resources

God created man and knew that he would have certain basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. God created everything that was needed to meet those needs. One, God created natural resources. Those men with a Christian worldview believe that God has provided all that they need and, consequently, they have faith to seek, find, and process abundant natural resources. As the natural resources available to man increase, his material welfare increases as well.


Human Energy

God not only created natural resources, but He also created man with human energy. God told him to "have dominion" or rule over the earth (Genesis 1:26). Man was placed in the garden to cultivate and keep it (Genesis 2:15), which required labor. After the fall, cultivating the ground required an additional "sweat of [man's] face" (Gen. 3:19).

In a Christian society, men will be inspired by God to work. In addition,in a nation of economic freedom, men will be able to partake of the fruit of their labors which will encourage them to exert more energy. As man works harder and exerts more human energy, his material welfare (and that of the nation) will increase.

In a Secular Society with Limited Economic Freedom
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