Die Ou Testament en ekologie : 'n skeppingsteologiese perspektief op rentmeesterskap
Stark, Susanna Gertruida
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An overview of the extent of the modern ecological crisis with humankind at the center is provided by way of introduction. An historical overview focuses on dualistic ways of thinking which resulted in Western indifference towards creation. In addition attention is drawn to the start of the debate on ecology. A survey of ecotheology and approaches with regard to the development of ecotheology is provided. Contributions from diverse ecotheological traditions are discussed in an overview of general developments and perspectives. Attention is drawn to Buddhism as ecological religion and the holistic perspective of Ecofeminism. The place of ecological issues in Ecumenical discussions is outlined. An overview of the Evangelical position confirms that the silence of the church on ecological issues is still a matter of utmost urgency. A discussion on ecological hermeneutics focuses on the reinterpretation of Bible texts with the main emphasis on developments resulting from the Earth Bible project. The method of research mainly involves literature studies. It is proposed that the method of creation theology lends itself more to a meaningful reading in dealing with the central problem of this research. The set of six ecojustice principles articulated by the Earth Bible project is used as a guideline in the process of interpretation. The interpretation of Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a and Genesis 2:4b – 2:25 proceeds under the headings of pre-ecological and ecological reading. An exploration of views on God and humanity in creation theology shows that the created image of humanity corresponds to the image of God. The final conclusion drawn is that human stewardship is the embodiment of the image of God on earth.
- Theology