Christianity and the Environment

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Christianity and the Environment
Lynn White held that Christianity subsumed a lack of environmental sense within its tenets due to the anthropocentric character of Christian scripture and ideology. White believed that “Christianity, in absolute contrast to ancient paganism and Asia's religions (except, perhaps, Zoroastrianism), not only established a dualism of man and nature but also insisted that it is God's will that man exploit nature for his proper ends.” Christianity in effect, put a distance between humans and nature ideologically. It placed the human race far at the top and gave them domain over all of nature. At the same time, the reverence of past cultures and faiths towards nature, particularly in the form of manifold ancient...
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.....ty and are often regarded as Goddesses. For Buddhists and Hindus, mountains and rivers are regarded as holy. Yet, environmental problems in the modern world should not be comprehensively blamed on Christianity. If the millions of adherents to the aforementioned ancient faiths were more true to the tenets of their beliefs, perhaps a great deal of environmental problems in regions of South Asia, as an example, would be mitigated despite the presence of chemically-based economic systems. In essence, no matter what faith people adhere to, valuing the environment is something which ultimately comes from within.
Works Cited
White, Jr., Lynn. “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis”. Iyumi.com. Haiku Research. 10
Mar. 1967. Web. 19 Jan. 2010.