CHAPTER 6

THE ENVIRONMENT

With an Introduction by Anselm Grün

From the first pages of the Bible, in what is called the Creation Story, it is clear that Man has been placed in a natural environment. An earlier passage in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 2:4–25) relates how God put Man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate, develop, and protect it. So Man, too, has responsibility for the Creation and for nature. He is supposed to handle nature carefully and shape his environment to display the beauty which the Creator bestowed on the Garden of Eden. Humans should hold a protective hand over their environment. They are responsible for seeing that nature flourishes all around him.

In a later Biblical text we find the quotation that is sometimes misunderstood ...

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