This paper describes development of the idea of stewardship in the US country life. Theological and secular concepts of stewardship evolved markedly in the 20th century. During this period of evolution, the American Country Life Association through its church, academic, farm organization, and governmental affiliations, served as a bridging and bonding agent in developing the stewardship idea. The stewardship concept was subjected to a broad array of influences and characterized by notable highlights such as the Lynn Smith critique of the Judaeo-Christian ethic, the man-in-nature statement of Douglas John Hall, and the environmental concerns of ecologists and philosophers of the post-Rachel Carson era. Some gains have been made in understanding the place of humans in nature, but the stewardship idea continues as work in process.
|Publication Title||Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics|
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