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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dominion or Domination?


We have no liberty to do what we like with our natural environment; it is not ours to treat as we please. 'Dominion' is not a synonym for 'domination', let alone 'destruction'.  Since we hold it in trust, we have to manage it responsibly and productively for the sake of our own and subsequent generations.



- John Stott, Issues Facing Christians Today: New Perspectives on Social and Moral Dilemmas (London: Marshall Pickering, 1990), 121.

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Man, whether civilized or savage, is a child of nature -- he is not the master of nature.  He must conform his actions to certain natural laws, if he is to maintain his dominance over his environment.


- Tom Dale and Vernon Gill Carter, quoted in Stott, ibid., 120


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[Sustainable Development] 'is defined in Our Common Future as development which 'meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.'



- Stott, ibid., 117

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