In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis argues that modern anthropocentrism has contributed to the valuing of technical thought over the dignity of the natural world with grave environmental consequences. Over a half-century earlier, Lynn White Jr. offered a similar criticism, stating that the dualism existing between humans and nature allows Christians to exploit nature for their own end. This paper turns to scripture to explore how an intertextual understanding of the original Hebrew may help reframe what it means for humans to have dominion over the natural world.
Weldon, Nancy Opstad. 2016. A Biblical Hermeneutic for Dominion: Domination vs Stewardship. Obsculta 9, (1) : 73-81. http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol9/iss1/7.