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      The Art of a ‘Theo-ecological’ Interpretation

      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          This article deals with the clarification of theological hermeneutics from an ecological point of view: a ‘theo-ecological’ interpretation. The relevance of classical texts of Scripture on anthropological and creational issues is dependent upon the ecological framework of the interpreter. I distinguish three types of reading: an anthropocentric, a biocentric and a theocentric way of reading Scripture. The relation between human creatures and the rest of creation can be described respectively in a dominion, a monistic and a servant model. The first one neglects that human beings are simply part of creation. In a biocentric model there is no criterion for the moral assessment of actions. In a theocentric model the reference to the Creator relativizes the absoluteness of the other models and extends the moral community of the human species to include other creatures as well.

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          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press (Amsterdam )
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          October 1997
          : 51
          : 4
          : 298-313
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          NTT1997.4.003.BROM
          10.5117/NTT1997.4.003.BROM
          1868488c-c205-42a8-9a8c-c2cbc87f301e
          © Luco J. Van Den Brom
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