Dr. Fazale Rana of Reasons to Believe has written an interesting article that ponders whether the evolution debate is a waste of time or it there is value in it. He tends to follow the morality aspects of this conversation. I agree with his points whole heartedly.
I think we often lose site of the reality that the materialist believes that this reality is all there is so they have a strong desire keep it operating at peek performance. The theist on the other hand may not see the same value in the material of this reality. They often see this reality as a corruption of a superior reality that they hope be part of again. Therefore the theist may not have the same drive for environmental concerns.
When it comes to social justice, the materialist who hopes to achieve the maximum level of justice possible must believe that they have to recognize justice during the lifetime of the parties involved. After all there is no punishing a dead man. The theist would like to see the same type of justice, but they also believe in absolute justice that will be executed against the guilty after death.
We see the materialist driven to meet their environmental and social justice concerns with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency. I believe that is admirable. As a Christian I believe that the environment and social justice are a concern for God. As such I may not feel like it is up to me to make it my top concern, but I am instructed to be a good steward of creation and a just person.
The theist and materialist should have no issues finding common ground on being responsible stewards of the environment and champions of social justice. We need to understand how each other thinks so that we can better understand how we are driven, but we can join hands and endeavor to make this world a better place for all.
I believe that no matter what worldview we espouse we should understand what we believe any why. I hope to show others that the Christian worldview is not only accurate but true. If not, I hope they will be clear on why they reject it.