I have often made the argument that the Bible can be used to justify almost any position. Kind, decent, reasonable people can find plenty of support in it for being kind, decent and reasonable; hateful, barbaric people can find plenty of support for being hateful and barbaric. All Christians pick and choose the parts they like and discard the parts they don’t. Like Rick Santorum’s views on dominion and the environment:
“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit,” Santorum told an audience at the Colorado School of Mines where he was a guest speaker Monday at the Colorado Energy Summit.
“We are the intelligent beings that know how to manage things and through the course of science and discovery if we can be better stewards of this environment, then we should not let the vagaries of nature destroy what we have helped create,” Santorum said to applause from the conservative crowd.
I have no idea what the hell that word salad in the second paragraph means. But essentially, Santorum thinks that the Biblical statement that we are to take “dominion” over the earth means we can do any damn thing we please. Liberal Christians, on the other hand, tend to think the same verses mean we should protect the environment. The Bible is, in essence, a really elaborate Rorschach test — you see what you want to see.