The Bible and anthropocentrism: putting humans in their place

  title={The Bible and anthropocentrism: putting humans in their place},
  author={Ronald A. Simkins},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • R. Simkins
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Dialectical Anthropology
Can religion contribute to a better, more ecologically balanced treatment of the environment? Since a seminal essay by Lynn White, this question has often been answered in the negative. There he exposed the dominant anthropocentric reading of the biblical tradition that has characterized the worldview of Western Christianity. This worldview provided the conditions for human exploitation of the environment. This paper will challenge the common anthropocentric reading of the Bible, arguing… Expand
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