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dc.contributor.authorMelnyk, James S.
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-15T15:58:20Z
dc.date.available2019-04-15T15:58:20Z
dc.date.issued2019-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11005/3744
dc.description.abstractOver the past several decades the Episcopal Church, among other denominations and faith communities, have embraced the theology of creation care. One of the major obstacles to creation care in the Church happens to be some of the teachings of the Church itself, namely teachings which incorporate a literal understanding of dominion as used in Genesis 1:26-28. When humanity sees itself as the pinnacle of God’s creation, imbued with the right to rule the whole of creation in the name of God, there is an intrinsic danger that we might abuse that gift. In his article “The Dominion Mandate and the Reconstructionist Movement,” Bob DeWaay outlines a movement since the late twentieth century holding “the conviction that the Scripture gives the church a mandate to take dominion over this world socially and culturally before the bodily return of Jesus Christ.” This mandate, also called by some the “dominion covenant,” extends beyond the social and cultural to embrace control over the physical world as well. This project proposes the need to deconstruct the theology of Dominionism and offer a hermeneutic in its place which honors God, humanity, and the whole of creation. The model offered in its place is based on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, often translated as repairing the world. Tikkun olam, which calls upon us to be repairers of the world, or repairers of the breach, is a modern day movement with roots in the Mishnah of ancient Judaism. This model is offered as another way of understanding what Jesus of Nazareth meant when he spoke about the kingdom of God.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipProf. David Starken_US
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dc.publisherUniversity of the Southen_US
dc.subjectSchool of Theology Thesis 2019en_US
dc.subjectUniversity of the South, School of Theologyen_US
dc.subjectCreation careen_US
dc.subjectDominion over creationen_US
dc.subjectDominion covenanten_US
dc.subjectTikkun olamen_US
dc.subjectRepairing the worlden_US
dc.titleEmbracing a Hermeneutic of Tikkun Olamen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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