Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2003
John L. Paterson
Conceptualizing Stewardship in Agriculture within the Christian Tradition
The concept of stewardship as resource development and conservation, a shallow environmental ethic, arises out of a domination framework. Stewardship as earthkeeping arises out of a keeping framework and falls somewhere between an intermediate and deep environmental ethic. A notion of agricultural stewardship, based on earthkeeping principles, can be used as a normative standard by which
to judge a range of agricultural economies and practices.