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Describe the teachings of Christianity about the relationship between humanity and the rest of creation

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Describe the teachings of Christianity about the relationship between humanity and the rest of creation "Highest heaven belongs to the Lord, but the Earth he has given to man" - Psalm 115: 16 One of the most important ideas to examine when describing the relationship between us and the world around us is the idea of stewardship - a notion that prevails throughout the western religions and their respective sacred writings. In Genesis 1 and 2 we see how God created the world but has offered it to mankind to look after. This places human beings above the rest of creation possibly due to our sense of morality and capabilities to change what happens in the environment around us. An example of this power and dominion over plants and animals is that of giving each part of creation a name (Genesis 2: 19-21). Naming things has long been regarded an aspect of this power and dominion. It is our responsibility to look after the world God has made. ...read more.

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values to adhere to and each one of us has our own personal ideals of what the world should be like and can therefore input to the preservation of the environment. This belief is confirmed a number of times throughout the Bible: "You appointed him over everything you made, you placed him over all creation" - Psalms 8: 6 Christians have also studied this important aspect of creation, the animals and our relationship with them, but it is hard to say what conclusion the ideas have reached as they can be interpreted in many different ways. The Bible says that we can eat the animals but any used for work must be sufficiently rested and fed. As for animal rights however, nothing has been specified in the Bible. It really depends upon the individual's ideals and the society they have been brought up in to make a decision. Catholic Theology does not accept that animals have rights but they say that it is our obligation as human beings to regard their welfare and to oppose animal cruelty. ...read more.

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One could also argue that modern people rely far too much on science to provide all their answers when really they should look at the world around them and decide what the stories represent. Modern society is far more inclined to be influenced by what we see on our televisions. Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, a Christian, tried to connect religion and science totally. He viewed evolution as God's way of making man more like him and that we should look after things in the world, and that all life is evolving to become more and more (over time) like God. Therefore, in conclusion, Christianity teaches that humans are somewhat higher than animals because of our moralistic values, etc. and that all creation is a gift from God and we must look after it as stewards. As for the treatment of animals, there are some basic Moral guidelines but issues such as animal testing are generally up to the individual to make their own decisions. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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