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Environmental Theology: A Judeo-Christian Defense

Peter J. Hill


Much of the modern environmental movement has found it necessary to develop new theologies of nature and humanity. However, the traditional beliefs of Judaism and Christianity provide a better perspective on nature and offer ample grounding for a realistic environmental ethic. Anthropocentrism is a necessary component of any workable system of human responsibility and the doctrine of sin means that Jews and Christians understand both the promise and perils of modern technology. Human creativity is a gift from God and can be used appropriately to alter the natural world. Jews and Christians should be forthright in defending their faith as relevant and sufficient for dealing with environmental issues.

Peter J. Hill, "Environmental Theology: A Judeo-Christian Defense," Journal of Markets & Morality 3, no. 2 (Fall 2000): 158-172

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