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EnvironmentHandout09 - Religion 261 The Environment and...

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Religion 261 The Environment and Christian Ethics Environmental Theology “Men master nature, not by basing themselves on it and exalting it as an independent divine power, but by subordinating it and linking their essential selves with a transcendent principle beyond nature which is pictured as intellectual and male….[which] thereby also give them power over the lower sphere of “female” nature” (Rosemary Radford Ruether, New Woman/New Earth ) “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28) “To a Christian a tree can be no more than a physical fact. The whole concept of the sacred grove is alien to Christianity and to the ethos of the West. For nearly 2 thousand years Christian missionaries have been chopping down sacred groves, which are idolatrous because they assume spirit in nature.” (Lynn White) “Behold I establish my covenant with you and your descendents after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you” (Genesis 9:5, cf. Prv. 12:10, Dt.
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