This week ended very badly for James Lee. Maybe the 43-year-old militant environmentalist expected September 1 to be his last day—a suicide mission seemed consistent with the activist's manifesto that humans, particularly babies, are pollution and are polluting the planet.
Armed and wearing what appeared to be bombs attached to his body, Lee entered the Silver Spring, Maryland, headquarters of the Discovery Channel, which he had targeted on other occasions for its "pro-birth" programming, such as the Duggars' 19 Kids and Counting. Taking three hostages, he attempted to capture the world's attention while reiterating his message that people are wreaking havoc on earth and must stop having "filthy human children."
Every issue has its spectrum, and Lee demonstrates the far reaches of a biocentric perspective that, at its core, sees humans as no higher or better than other life forms. At this point in our history, Lee and those sharing his view contend that humans have overextended themselves as a species to the demise of thousands or hundreds of thousands of other species.
At the other end of the spectrum is the anthropocentric perspective that says only humans have minds and souls, so only humans matter. Earth was given to humans to meet our physical needs while we developed our souls. We come to know God and ourselves in this temporary earthly existence as we work, relate, and create using our God-given abilities.
A centrist perspective, captured by creation-care groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network, falls between these two. Departing from the biocentric view, this perspective holds that humans are different from other species because God's likeness is woven into our being and we are tasked to represent ...1
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