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The theological responses to the socio-economic activities that undermine water as a resource

Thomas Resane
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a328 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.328 | © 2010 Thomas Resane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2009 | Published: 02 June 2010

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Thomas Resane, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article focuses, from a theological perspective, on both the ecological crisis and the politico-economic dealings in relation to water – especially with regard to the unsound ways in which governments deal with this resource. Texts are read from an anthropogenic perspective, as opposed to an anthropocentric one. Such a reading scenario calls for responses from theology with regard to the human position in creation. Humans are not a grand master plan of creation, but the completion and fulfilment of it, given an enormous sense of responsibility for the earth. The article argues that the human–earth relation should be understood from the point of responsibility based on solidarity, interdependency and stewardship. Theologians are challenged to embrace eco-ethics.

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creation; earth; economic activities; humans; nature; resources; theology; water

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