Judeo-Christian World View

Andrew Perrotta
Professor Saucier-Bouffard
345-102-MQ Worldviews
31 March 2011
The Judeo-Christian Worldview
A world view is a generalized prospective on how someone may view and act in the world around them based on their beliefs and values. The Judeo-Christian world view has influenced the course of not only humanity but all biodiversity around Earth.   This anthropocentric world view has been criticized by many scholars such as Lynn T. White, Jr. as being a main cause for our ecological problems. The Judeo-Christian world view is undoubtedly the cause for most of our ecological problems of today’s world.
The Judeo-Christian is a Western world view which is anthropocentric, and gives only intrinsic value to humans. “God created man in His own image [and said] let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (King James ll.26).” This controversial passage from the one of the first pages of the bible can be interpreted in many ways, but fundamentally it is what many Judeo-Christians still believe and act upon in today’s world. The Judeo Christian belief is an unarguably anthropocentric which means that all human beings are to regard themselves as the central and most significant entities in the universe. Man was created on the 6th day in the image of God giving him dominance over all living and non living thing such as plants and animals that was created before him. In Peter Singer’s “Environmental Values,” the reader is given many examples on how the Bible is seen anthropocentric such as explaining how all nature should be “subdued” and “ruled over.”   According to singer this Western view derives from the Greek philosophy and attitude towards the natural world. “Aristotle regarded nature as a hierarchy in which those with less reasoning ability exist for the sake of those with more: Plants exist for the sake of animals, and...