Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2014 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Ecology and Christianity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2_9300

But ask the animals, and they will teach you;

the birds of the air, and they will tell you,

ask the plants of the Earth, and they will teach you;

and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among these does not know

That the hand of the Lord has done this?

In his hand is the life of every living thing

and the breath of every human being

(Job 12: 7–10 NRSV).

Recently, Christianity has reflected deeply on its commitment and engagement with the ecological quandaries and crisis of our modern, technological world. Environmentalists have opened up awareness of the negative impact Christianity has had on the environment through the interpretation of passages such as “… fill the Earth and subdue it; and have dominion over… every living thing…” as a license to harm the planet (Gen 1:28 NRSV). Christianity has been charged with contributing, actively or passively, to the ecological crisis including pollution, extinction of many plants and animal life, and climate change (Leiss 1994; White 1967...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Practical TheologyAzusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA