AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DOMINION MANDATE OF HUMANS: ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GENESIS 1:26-28Ira D. Mangililo
This paper examines the meaning of the human mandate of dominion in Genesis 1:26-28. The exegetical reading of this text demonstrates that in contrast to interpretation that understands this mandate as a justification for exploiting the earth, Godâs command for humans to rule over the earth and subdue it refers to humansâ responsibility for caring for the environment wisely and compassionately to create order, peace, and harmony on earth. Such a reading encourages Christians to actively take part in the current attempts to find solutions to various ecological crises. It is only by being actively involved in the healing of the world that Christians can demonstrate the relevance of the Bible in this modern world.