In his article about Christian environmentalism ("Confluence of Good Friday, Earth Day a reminder of our duty to protect God's creation," May 3), Bishop John R. Schol, alluding to "Green Dragon" views of environmentalism as "actively anti-Christian," claims that some voices are "distorting the intentions and efforts of environmentally-minded Christians."
As founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation — which produced a DVD series, "Resisting the Green Dragon" and works with many of the top evangelical leaders and ministries in America — I can tell you that an overwhelming number of us are glad to see Christians becoming increasingly involved in environmental stewardship. But we are concerned about three things:
First, the green movement promotes a blatantly anti-human, secular and even pagan worldview. A visit to the environmental section of any local bookstore will demonstrate that.
Second, the green movement offers a substitute gospel of salvation by environmental works rather than by faith in Christ.
And third, the green movement's policies — often based on pseudo-science and poor economics — harm the poor in America and around the world by driving up the costs of basic necessities like energy and food and slowing the rise out of poverty, consigning the poor to more generations of high rates of disease and premature death.
In God's wise design, people and nature can flourish together — but not by following the Green Dragon's false religion, bad science and deadly economics.
E. Calvin Beisner, Burke, Va.
The writer is founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun