EARTH AS HOLY GROUND

The Earth is under demolition, and humanity is the wrecking ball. We Christians and Jews aren't innocent bystanders, either. We have misused Genesis 1:26 to justify enriching ourselves with what we could take from the Earth:









We have conveniently misinterpreted "dominion over" here to mean "unlimited freedom to take for ourselves." But this interpretation is totally at odds with what we claim is God's and Jesus' dominion over us.

"Dominion" comes from the Latin "dominus" which means "lord." We Christians and Jews call God "Lord"; and we Christians give Jesus the same name. As humankind is made in the image of God, it follows that our "lording it over the Earth" should be the image of — should reflect — God's and Jesus' compassionate and caring "lording it over us." How could any Christian or Jew maintain that our exploitive and abusive "unlimited-taking-for-ourselves lordship" over the Earth in any way reflects God's or Jesus' over us?

If we are truly to be considered "in the image of God," our behaviour must be, too. Our dominion over the Earth is to be compassionate and caring for more than just what we can take for ourselves. A pine tree has value irrespective of how many board-feet of lumber we can sell it for. This website, through poem, image, and scripture references, will make a case for the Judaeo-Christian call to exercise a more compassionate humane dominion over the Earth. In some cases, it will make a case against the longstanding exploitive and abusive dominion-over we have practised, and, even worse, practised "in the name of God."

If you ever doubted the Judaeo-Christian tradition's concern for the Earth, this website invites you to take a second look. (Other religions, too, show a similar concern. But my experience and training is Christian, and I'll be limiting content to that perspective.)

Whether we be religious, spiritual, non-religious, or even anti-religious, time is running out for the planet and for every living creature on it — including ourselves.



Welcome

     Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

[Genesis 1:26]