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You may use this personally, or print one section each week in your bulletin, or adapt it for confirmation classes.
What resources does it have, especially by way of themes and thinkers, which might help Lutherans think through the ever-expanding theological conversations and on our role and place in this creation?
In June 2013, the Lutheran World Federation accepted the report of a Special Committee outlining plans for celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, including the theme and subthemes for the LWF 12th Assembly in Namibia, May 2017: Lutherans are well prepared to address the critical issues of the environment.
At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the mid 1700s, the world’s human population grew by about 57 percent to 700 million. (Note: The Black Plaguereduced the world population by about 75 million people in the late 1300s.) The birth of the Industrial Revolution altered medicine and living standards, resulting in the population explosion that would commence at that point and steamroll into the 20century.
That’s a 400 percent population increase in a single century.
The Industrial Revolution dramatically changed every aspect of human life and lifestyles.
The impact on the world’s psyche would not begin to register until the early 1960s, some 200 years after its beginnings.
Human population growth is indelibly tied together with increased use of natural and man-made resources, energy, land for growing food and for living, and waste by-products that are disposed of, to decompose, pollute or be recycled.
Humans have been around for about 2.2 million years.
By the dawn of the first millennium AD, estimates place the total world (modern) human population at between 150 – 200 million, and 300 million in the year 1,000.
The population of the United States population is currently 312,000,000 (August 2011).
The world human population growth rate would be about .1 percent (.001) per year for the next seven to eight centuries.
We have strong theological, ethical, and practical foundations for this work.