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“Since we are responsible for the far-reaching destruction to creation it is argued that it is now our responsibility to preserve creation from destruction … However, with this line of reasoning a number of important theological distinctions are in danger of being blurred. Inflicting destructive effects upon creation falls indeed within the realm of human responsibility and has therefore from the earliest times onward been interpreted as sin … Yet, the preservation or restoration of creation cannot be a human task if this creation is continuously created and preserved by God who brought it into being in the first place. Theologically, creation, including the sustaining and preserving of creation, is a divine and not a human work. Therefore, creation is not in the same sense a field of human action as, for instance, politics, science or business. The term ethics of creation contains a dangerous ambiguity. It seems that the same absolutism of human action which has characterized the human exploitation of creation is now returning in the guise of rescuing it … What seems to be needed is not an ethics of creation, but an ethic of createdness which is informed by a theology of creation.”

Colin Gunton, The Triune Creator

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