St Thomas Bible Study

Following is a brief description of the St Thomas Bible Study that starts on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM and runs for 4 Wednesdays.  If you would like to join this study, please contact William Passmore at 613 836 2876 or


Four studies looking at the biblical relationship between humans and creatures great and small, and how we're doing in our care for God's creation in today's world.

Just a few years after Darwin published ‘On the Origins of Species’, in another book called ‘Man and Nature’ which was first published in 1864, the scholar George Perkins Marsh challenged the general belief that human impact on nature was generally benign or negligible, and insisted that ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean had brought about their own collapse by their abuse of the environment. By deforesting their hillsides and eroding their soils, they had destroyed the natural fertility that sustained their well-being.

We are quite a few years on from that time, and yet the discussion does not appear to have moved on very far. As Christians we begin our scriptures with a picture of God’s creation and the place of humankind and the various creatures that live above us, alongside or beneath us in the soil or oceans.

This study does not offer a definitive answer to the question ‘Why?’ but instead looks both at Scripture and a selection of nature facts and articles, and invites those taking part in the individual studies to think about the issues that are being raised today by environmentalists throughout the world, and come to a better understanding of what their own relationship with all of God’s creatures should and could be.

The 4 Studies examine the following subjects:

1) All Creatures, Great and Small

2) Creatures of Worth

3) Creatures for Food and Sacrifice

4) Care for all God's Creatures