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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Human Responsibility to Care for All Life

October 13, 2009

The Noah story and the Jewish and Christian ethical insights that can be built upon it lays out a clear vision, a very specific definition of the human vocation as including the care and preservation of the conditions of all life, care for the future of life. God may promise in the aftermath to the story of the flood that life will not be wholly destroyed, but that does not lift from us the burden of responsibility for what confronts us here and now as a serious crisis and challenge. To act so as to protect the future of the non-human world is both to accept a God-given responsibility and appropriately to honour the special dignity given to humanity itself.

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