According to the recent environmentalist book Pollution and the Death of Man
, by theologian Francis Schaeffer, Adam's original sin was the first step in destroying the earths environment. An excerpt from a recent book review
on an evangelical website says,
"This world is not the same as when God created it and said it was good. The sin of Adam changed the way nature functioned-the curse, the damage, the new ways of death in the world, radically changed the lives and behaviors of men and animals. Man’s sin introduced entropy, extinction of species, genetic degradation over time, and unnatural death to all living things-thousands of years before anyone ever littered any beach, paved over any land, or cut down any rainforest."
The site doesn't go into the reasoning behind this statement, nor does it explore the implications. I highly doubt that the book explores the scientific and environmental implications of such a view. It is most likely concerned with maintaining a biblical perspective. I wonder where the current "creation care" movement in evangelism will go. It is a plus that they are accepting the reality of environmental destruction, yet they still compromise understanding the science in favor of supporting a narrow view of scripture. Only time will tell if these theological contortions of science will result in positive action by Christians to protect the planet.