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Should we care for environment?
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God entrusted us with the environment

For Christians, Old Testament passages can be interpreted as God bestowing the world to us so that we trust it


This is now the most predominant view amongst theologians, they argue that the Old Testament should be re-interpreted.

The Argument

Whilst the message in the first chapter of Genesis is clearly that of God giving the planet and everything that came with it to humans, many passages of subsequent chapters of Genesis and the wider Old Testament show that we have a God given duty to care for the environment. When God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God tells them to "work it and take care of it," (Genesis 2:15). Pope John Paul II also thought that the reason humans were special is because God entrusted the whole of creation to man and woman and only then could he rest from "all his work". The whole of creation is of value to God, after God has made man, he sees everything that he as made and proclaims "it was very good," (Genesis 1:31) showing that humans give added value to a universe he already values. John Paul II noted that Jesus has made new all things - "all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross" (Colossians 1:19-20)

Counter arguments



Rejecting the premises


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