Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 86

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2 2016 CHRIST’S ATONEMENT, INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE, AND CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS: REDEEMING BROKEN SYSTEMS, REPAIRING BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS Haley Kirkpatrick∗ Let us make man in our image and in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and over everything that creeps upon the ground. So God created man in His image. In the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and all that is alive that moves about the land. Genesis 1:26–28 The LORD God took the man, and he placed him in the Garden of Eden, to till it and to keep watch over it. Genesis 2:151 From the beginning God commanded humankind to work and to keep watch over the earth and its inhabitants (Gn 1–3). As a result of sin, even humankind’s relationship with food and the land it grows in and on are wounded and broken. It will be argued that Christ’s atoning work heals humanity’s broken relationship not only with God but also with the earth, DOI: ∗ Haley Kirkpatrick enjoys reading and studying the Bible in Hebrew and Greek. The best part of her studies is figuring out how to live out what she’s studied in class. She lives in Portland with her husband and their dog Poa, and they are expecting their first child in June; 1. Both Scripture quotations are the author’s translations from Masoretic Text. 83