Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation

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The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation. By Richard Bauckham. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2010. xi and 226 pages. Paper. $24.95

In The Bible and Ecology: Re0discovering the Community and Cration, Richard Bauckham proposes a biblical and theological framework in which humans are members of God's creation and not its suppressors. In the opening chapter, Bauckham reinterprets the place of humanity in the Genesis I creation account, re-examining what it means for humans to have "dominion." He challenges interpretations which promote a hierarchical understanding of creation, in which every nonhuman member of the created world is subject to the human dominator. Instead, the role of the human in creation is that of stewardship, "one of care and service, exercised on behalf' of God and with accountability to God" (2). Bauckham offers a scriptural understanding that humans are not placed in God's created world to do with it as we please, but are equally connected to and accountable with creation before God.

Bauckham explores a number of rich examples from Scripture to highlight the interplay between humanity and the rest of creation. …

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