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Section 1.4 Values

Why should we care about the Earth (or anything else in creation)? In Responsible Dominion, Ian Hore-Lacy identifies two biblical `values in tension' that motivate an exploration of the world around us:

  1. The first value is that creation has "inherent or intrinsic [aesthetic] value which does not require any useful dimension or purpose, and establishes an obligation for us to respect it." There is a call to enjoy and understand creation for its own sake because it is made by someone we love (RO, CS).

  2. The second value is that "a [utilitarian] dimension of stewardship to serve the needs of the people must be taken seriously as an expression of both God's love and his purpose." Science provides a means of developing the resources of nature to responsibly care for humans and the environment (CD, CR).