Environment, hymns of

The word ‘environment’ can be understood in very many different ways. In its most general sense it can mean all that surrounds us, particularly the natural world with its trees, mountains, plains and seas. Of course the idea of ‘environment’ can equally be applied to urban surroundings, to our homes and indeed to the universe as a whole. Throughout the history of hymn writing, hymn writers have responded to the many facets of the term. In recent times, human beings have become more conscious than before of the fragile state of this world: a 21st-century understanding of the term ‘environment’ tends to draw attention to the destructive effect that humanity can have on it, often suggesting...

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