Sorry, I didn’t listen to your video yet. It is true that Genesis used a violent word to describe our dominion over animals (Robert Alters translation of Genesis and commentary). However, Genesis 2:15 says “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (NIV) And Proverbs 12:10 says “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” And The Talmud has instructions on taking good care of animals. If you still have any doubts, you need a meet a Jewish animal rights person!
For an expansive treatment of Christian concern for creation, I recommend the following article:
God’s story and the Earth’s story: grounding our concern for the environment in the biblical metanarrative
by Meric Srokosz
The author writes,
Christian concern for the environment and the Earth is often grounded in
the notion of stewardship of God’s creation and so based primarily on the
opening chapters of the Bible. Here the aim is to broaden the basis of
Christian environmental ethics by considering the full sweep of the biblical
metanarrative, and to develop a Christocentric approach that takes account
of the whole Bible – both Old and New Testaments. By doing this we
situate the Earth’s story within the context of God’s story and thereby
provide motivation for our participation in God’s mission to redeem his
The author is an oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, with degrees in mathematics and theology, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics.
Published in Science and Christian Belief, October 1, 2008
The article is available on Academic Search Premier. If you don’t have access to it I can get you a copy.