Though overdue, it’s heartening to see Christians focus on environmental stewardship (May, "Troubled by stewardship"). Why has it taken so long for Christians to find their voice on what’s arguably the greatest social justice (and existential) issue of all time? Perhaps God’s command to man and woman to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28) has been a stumbling block. Yet the Earth’s finite capacity to support human populations means that population growth can easily overwhelm environmental efforts on all other fronts.
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