Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Anthropocentric View

  • Stacey EnslowEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_34
The anthropocentric view is a human-centered ideology. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all religions that are considered to have a strong anthropocentric view. This owes to the origin mythologies shared among these religions that claim all of creation was created by God for the use of humans, as in the Biblical Genesis:

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

God blessed them, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; 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.’

God said, ‘I have given you every plant bearing seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food’ (Gen 1:26–29).

In the anthropocentric view, humans are the...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anthropology DepartmentPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA