Dominion: A Matter of Interpretation?

God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying:“Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”
Genesis 1:28

It doesn’t matter whether we interpret dominion as domination or stewardship. An authentic call for respect would transcend it…

And looking back on the Judeo-Christian context of the dominion directive, we know we’ve been “fertile and multiplying” our way to the Anthropocene age. What are the consequences for climate, for life on Earth as we know it? 

Read more: Published today at CounterPunch. 

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1 thought on “Dominion: A Matter of Interpretation?

  1. Ape Lee, this is so excellent. Can’t find the words to describe the importance of putting this case for respect and abolition into written words–there will be agreement and comfort for many who feel alone in their knowledge. I have never felt alone while learning and advocating with you. You are irreplaceable for your knowledge and dedication, Ape Lee.

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