Discussion concerning the responsibility of religion for the Earth's vulnerable environment continues to expand. Lutherans are in the gratifying position of claiming one of the first American theologians to address this issue: Joseph A. Sittler, who in the 1940s spoke about his conviction that the church needed to develop a comprehensive theology about the natural world. He urged going beyond the notion of "caretaking" or "management" and the mechanistic stance these terms suggest.
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