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Part 3: Walter Brueggemann greed, Ten Commandments, land

Part 3: Bible Scholar: greed, environment, 10 Commandments, Old Testament stories

Well-known biblical scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann spoke to Northern Michigan residents in early October 2007 about the 10 Commandments, greed, the environment and other social topics.

In part three of a five-part series, Earth Keeper volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson reports from Northern Michigan University.

Time: 9:50
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Some of the verbatim from Dr. Brueggemann’s talk - follow along:

Dr. Brueggemann:
"So that the theological question - that we don't answer easily - the logical question is that is there really a connection between the violation of the commandments - written broadly - and the well being of the earth."
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Reporter:
In October 2007, Dr. Walter Bureggemann, an expert on the Old Testament, spoke at Northern Michigan University.
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Dr. Brueggemann:
Hosea's poem is an anticipation of Wendell Berry - perhaps you know Wendell Berry - the critic of agribusiness who has written in many places that distorted social relationships inescapably will distort the environment - a distortion that is caused by greed and acquisitiveness and self-indulgent entitlement because the commandments articulate the restraints that are necessary for the maintenance of the environment.- and when there is excessive greed, when the land is overused, when the horizon is abused or the oceans are over fished, when the forests are stripped, the whole creation becomes dysfunctional.
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Reporter:
Brueggemann said the Lord has an indictment with the inhabitants of the land," Brueggemann said.
That lead to an nteresting exchange with a member of the audience:
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Dr. Brueggemann:
Fifth text is in Hosea four verses one-three

"The Lord has an indictment with the inhabitants of the land.
The inhabitants of the land are abusing the land so Yahweh is taking them to court.
Here is the indictment - see what this makes you think of..
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