book excerpt

“The modern world is not perfect, but if you were born in a developed country sometime in the last sixty years, it’s likely that you have experienced a rising standard of living, with increasing comfort and convenience. Yet we only need to look back a few generations to see how much has changed, and how much we take for granted: We flick a switch, assuming that electricity will be there to light up the bulb. We expect to be able to travel long distances quickly, in comfort and at reasonable cost. We think nothing of sitting down to a meal whose ingredients have been transported across the globe to our table. These things and many more besides have become basic expectations for most in the developed world – and as Christians living within a modern, developed country, we share them. Whilst we may bow our heads and give thanks for God’s provision at the start of a meal, in most other ways we take the conveniences of modern life for granted.

Progress, however, comes at a cost. It takes energy, in fact an enormous amount of energy, to make the modern world work. Despite continued technological progress, (in fact partly because our houses now contain more technology), the average household is using more energy today than at any time in the past. Globally, use of oil, coal and gas has at least almost doubled since 1970 and shows little sign of slowing do.”

Chapter 1.  “What’s The Problem” from “No oil in the lamp”.

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