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Dominium terrae
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[German Version]

is shorthand for a human approach toward nature in which non-human nature is made over to human subjection and exploitation, and the biblical notion of creation and Christian anthropocentricity are considered causes of the ecological crisis (e.g. L. White, Jr., Medieval Religion and Technology, 1986; Amery). Gen 1:26–29 serves as prooftext. The biblical statements concerning the imago dei (Image of God) and dominion over nature should, however, be understood as a commission to care for and manage nature (cf. Gen 2:15), not as a legitimatio…

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Honecker, Martin, “Dominium terrae”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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