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Does an atheist equivalent exist to christian stewardship?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17499points) March 17th, 2019

What is the slang or word for atheist stewardship? Also can you explain what christian stewardship is?

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janbb's avatar

CAn you define Christian stewardship? It’s not a term I’m familiar with.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@janbb It’s a new word for me. I found out in Amazon that it was a genre for looking out for Gods world. To steward or maintain Gods wealth. I don’t know what it means? I first heard of it from the YouTube videos on the Dave Ramsey show. Might be linked to the bible story of the Talents? The Parable of the Talents

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, the problem is atheists don’t identify as a group. We don’t attend weekly meetings of atheists. We don’t tag our businesses with the term “atheist owned and operated.” We aren’t organized in any way, so the answer is “No.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have never heard of such a thing. What on earth do they talk about?

zenvelo's avatar

There are different belief systems within “stewardship”. Conservative Christians call it “dominion over the land and the creatures for the betterment of man to follow Christ”.

Franciscans would call it “protecting all of God’s cosmic creation from harm”.

There is no doctrinal equivalent for atheists.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Dutchess_III Edit: I don’t know. Never been to one.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo Maybe inheritance? From parents? Or one generation to the next? Politics? Economics?

janbb's avatar

There are certainly humanist societies that meet regularly and I think there is a congregation of atheists in Boston that ETPro is a member of. Certainly, there are environmental activists who are atheists and consider caring for the earth and its people their stewardship responsibility. But there is no one doctrine that encompasses all atheists as not believing in G-d does not dictate a dogma.

Irukandji's avatar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewardship_(theology)

The atheist equivalent is “doing the right thing for future generations without needing to be threatened into it.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

That link was nothing, @Irukandji. There is no page for Stewardship (theology.) But your comment says it all. We do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because we’ll get in trouble if we don’t.

kritiper's avatar

No. Because Atheism is not a religion, so no need for stewardship, whatever that is…

Zaku's avatar

Atheism doesn’t generally have institutions.

Are you really specifically meaning atheism, as in, to quote Merriam-Webster “a lack of belief or a strong disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods” ?

Because, if you are, then it’s not very well framed to ask what it’s parallel is, because it’s not that kind of a thing.

Perhaps you mean, what is a non-Christian form of what Christians call (and sometimes own as a Christian-specific thing) stewardship?

That would make much more sense to me and seem more answerable.

In which case I would tend to say: environmentalism. You could also still use the word stewardship, I would say. Perhaps “human stewardship of the earth.”

joeschmo's avatar

Environmentalist.

LostInParadise's avatar

@jjoeschmo got it right. There is a non-theistic, not necessarily atheistic, concept that we have stewardship of the natural world. We bear responsibility for preserving nature and preventing extinctions.

I did a Web search for Christian stewardship. There are different interpretations, but they all seem to include some form of environmentalism. Genesis 2:15[2:15]. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Of course someone could argue that ,since we since we were kicked out of Eden, we no longer bear responsibility.

SmartAZ's avatar

Why do so many people pretend to know something when they don’t?

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^^ Could you be specific? Who are you talking about?

SmartAZ's avatar

The word “Christian” totally befuddles everybody and it has nothing to do with the subject. A steward is simply someone who takes care of another’s responsibility, and they have been a part of human culture all along. The prophet Abraham laid his wife’s maid because according to law, his steward would inherit his fortune if he didn’t produce an heir.

Drop the religious reference and the question becomes a zero: stewardship is stewardship and that’s the end of it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, it was @RedDeerGuy1‘s question, and he was specifically speaking about those people who promote Christian ideals, not just “stewardship” of any kind, in general.

Irukandji's avatar

@SmartAZ The word “stewardship” has a specific place in Christian theology (see the link I posted earlier, which definitely works). It seems like you’re the one who is pretending to something when you don’t.

SmartAZ's avatar

@Irukandji Wikipedia pretends to now something when they don’t. A lot of their entries are just generally held opinions. I only check wikipedia links if I have no other source of information.

Because you specifically asked me to, I read your link. It is a waste of electrons. If churches can’t agree on what the word means, wikipedia has to be incredibly arrogant to think they can clear up the disagreement.

joeschmo's avatar

Wiki is a website of information that people write and edit themselves. It cannot pretend.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@SmartAZ “Wikipedia pretends to now something when they don’t” It’s “know.” Not “now.”

And @Irukandji is right. Christians believe that God gave them stewardship and dominion over the earth. Not that they’re doing any better job than anyone else, but that’s what it means to a Christian.

SmartAZ's avatar

Yeah, whatever. The bottom line is still the same: stewardship is a very old concept and not a bit Christian. It’s just that Christians are somewhat more likely to be concerned about it.

Irukandji's avatar

@SmartAZ Nobody said that stewardship is a concept owned by Christianity, only that there is a specifically Christian concept of stewardship. Try to keep up.

SmartAZ's avatar

@Irukandji Insults add nothing to the discussion. Why are people so unfriendly on this board?

Irukandji's avatar

@SmartAZ Because your answers are so consistently bad.

SmartAZ's avatar

@Irukandji Ok, I give up. I won’t be back.

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