If we read the Bible, we will discover that we humans do not own the world or any part of it. . . . We will discover that God made not only the parts of Creation that we humans understand and approve of, but all of it. We will discover that God found the world, as he made it, to be good; that he made it for his pleasure and that he continues to love it and find it worthy, despite its reduction and corruption by us. . . . We will discover that, for these reasons our destruction of nature is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility: it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God’s gifts into his face, as of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them. In Dante, “Despising Nature and her Gifts” was a violence against God. . . . We have the right to use the gifts of nature, but not to ruin or waste them. We have the right to use what we need, but no more. — Wendell Berry