According to the biblical Jewish and Christian traditions, God created the world for {God’s} glory, out of love; and the crown of creation is not the human being; it is the sabbath. It is true that, as the image of God, the human being has {a} special position in creation. But {the human} stands together with all other earthly and heavenly beings in the same hymn of praise of God’s glory, and in the enjoyment of God’s sabbath pleasure over creation, as God saw that it was good. Even without human beings, the heavens declare the glory of God.

 

— Jurgen Moltmann
quoted in Earth Gospel