Biblical and Quranic Argumentation for Sustainable Behaviors Toward Nature

Biblijne i koraniczne argumenty na rzecz zrównoważonych zachowań wobec natury

Ryszard F. Sadowski*, Zafer Ayvaz**

*Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland
E-mail: r.sadowski@uksw.edu.pl, ORCID: 0000-0002-5452-2168
**Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
E-mail: zayvaz@gmail.com, ORCID: 0000-0002-7284-2069

Abstract

We observe an ever-increasing role of religions in fighting the environmental crisis. Religious argumentation has enormous potential to shape the attitudes of the followers of religions. Applying this argumentation can signifi-cantly change attitudes towards the environment in the majority of the human population. Christianity and Islam together have over 4 billion followers. Here, we present seven common Biblical and Quranic issues that are key to human attitudes to nature. The conducted analysis leads to a surprising conclusion. The Bible and Quran similarly encourage their followers to build harmonious relations with the natural world.

Key words: religion and ecology, Christianity, Islam, Bible, Quran, environmental crisis, biblical argumentation, quranic argumentation

Słowa kluczowe: religia i ekologia, chrześcijaństwo, islam, Biblia, Koran, kryzys ekologiczny, argumentacja biblijna, argumentacja koraniczna

Problemy Ekorozwoju 18(1)2023: 152-163

DOI: 10.35784/pe.2023.1.15

Submitted: 15.09.22, accepted: 7.11.22, published on-line: 1.01.23

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