Yesterday at Earth Day Biologos bring back to me theme of “Care for Creation” and as offshoot of this, its relation to christian theology. I read few things that said that doctrine of total depravity originated in the works of Martin Luther, embraced and developed most important by Calvin and his followers, means not only depravity of humans, but also of all natural world.
Alister McGrath, who I respect in many ways, seems to downplay important of doctrine of total depravity in his A Life of John Calvin, while people like Alec Ryrie says that in XIX century Calvinist distaste for the evil, natural world was very alive. For example Alec Ryrie is his lecture The Dreams and Nightmares of Christian Liberalism (28:20 and later) says that after publication of Darwin’s “Origins of species” group of old-fashion Calvinists embraced Darwinian evolution very quickly, as it give them a proof that they were right all along that natural world is rotten to the core.
Question like “Does this view of total depravity influenced Protestant views of how you can use natural world?” is a topic about I can’t tell anything. How Calvinists reconciled begging of Genesis multiple insistence that what God made is good with total depravity is also topic beyond my competence. My point of interest is different. I think that you can’t hold simultaneously view of total corruption of natural world and that creation needs our care and be consistent in your thought. But, we humans can live with our inconsistencies quite long, before they come back to bit us.
I want to ask what people that share view of our need for caring for creation, think about this strains of protestant theology (I believe this is justified context) that insists on evilness of natural world. I guess old-fashion Calvinism is one of them, but you can correct me. This topic is quite important to me, because logical coherence is of utmost importance to me. If christian need care about creation, they must have theology that doesn’t contradict this goal. In long run such internal contradictions must lead to some problem, or even big disaster.