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Apocalypse Again: Confession in a time of Climate Crisis

September 2, 2015

climate apocalypseThe apocalypse of Jesus the Christ, in all its singularity, comes again and again. Whether it comes at a micro level to an individual or a local community or at a macro level to the global community, it comes, nevertheless, like a thief in the night.


It comes as the unexpected newness to which the status quo is blind. A light goes on in the factory of blindness.


The question we are asking is whether the planetary climate crisis will occasion such an apocalypse for our globalised modernity. Will the physical limits of this planet act as a sign and a vehicle for the Christian gospel?


Whether it does or it doesn’t, the news is now unavoidable. Our global economic culture is about to crash into the limits of our planetary ecology. Only radical cultural and economic change will do. We must become ‘members of one another’ and communicant members of the earth’s ecosystem. The ancient truth of the apocalypse of Jesus Christ is that precisely this is central to what it means to embody Christ and his mission. Veni Spiritus Sanctus!


Here in this context we can make our confession in the triune God


Father: The earth is God’s. We are part of it for its nurture. It is not our possession, just as we ourselves are not our own possession.


 Son: Jesus Christ is the meaning of God’s creating act. He is the logos of love out of which and towards which creation is moving. Raised in new materiality he leads us in the renewal of the earth. Participating in him we can be set free to give ourselves to others and to our immediate created environment in hope.


Spirit: Neo-liberal capitalism, even if (perchance) it succeeds in improving the situation of some in poverty, nevertheless forms human beings in a way that is antithetical to the Christian gospel making the maximization of self-interest a virtue and a habit. In the name of the gospel of Jesus Christ it should be rejected as a theological and practical heresy, a dangerous principality and power, and a sin against the Spirit of God.


Confession without action is dead. Therefore in this context and time we commit ourselves to the following action and policy:


A total moratorium on fossil fuel exploration (by governments)

Divestment from the fossil fuel industry (by all of us)

Investment in clean energy and infrastructure (by all of us)

Emission targets which aim seriously at zero-carbon future and which respect the 2 degree guardrail (by governments).

Abandonment of all corporate and international globalisation projects like TPPA (by governments)

A renewal of localisation and sustainable local projects (by all of us)

 a commitment to reduced levels of consumption ( by all of us)


Bruce Hamill (Dunedin, New Zealand)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ross Miller permalink
    September 2, 2015 4:02 am

    Divestment from the fossil fuel industry…? Sell my vehicle and get a rather more expensive electric car — except that a lot of our electricity is generated from fossil fuels…? I can imagine the congregation sitting there and wondering…

  2. September 2, 2015 10:17 am

    … Wondering what?

  3. August 8, 2016 6:35 pm

    Trust me when I say it is a difficult change to make, but
    if it is one thing you want to do, you will do it.
    This is to an extended and healthy life!

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