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Animals on the agenda : questions about animals for theology and ethics
Linzey, Andrew.
Illini books edition.
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1998.
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xx, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : is Christianity irredeemably speciesist? / Andrew Linzey. I. Understanding scriptural perspectives. What was the meaning of animal sacrifice? / J.W. Rogerson -- What was the meaning of classifying animals as clean or unclean? / Walter Houston -- A New Testament document of creation? / John Muddiman -- Jesus and animals : What did he teach? ; What did he practice? / Richard Bauckham. II. Wrestling with the tradition. The fathers and the animals : the rule of reason? / Gillian Clark -- Aquinas and animals : patrolling the boundary? / Dorothy Yamamoto -- Luther and animals : subject to Adam's fall? / Scott Ickert -- Can Catholic morality make room for animals? / James Gaffney.

III. Disputed questions. Is nature God's will? / Stephen R.L. Clark -- How does God's providential care extend to animals? / Thomas E. Hosinski -- Are animals fallen? / Michael Lloyd -- Can animal suffering be reconciled with belief in an all-loving God? / Jay B. McDaniel -- All things in Christ? / John B. Cobb, Jr. -- Do animals have immortal souls? / Paul Badham -- Will animals be redeemed? / Petroc and Eldred Willey. IV. Obligations to animals. Can we see a moral question about animals? / Brian Klug -- Tyrants, stewards--or just kings? / Huw Spanner -- Compassion or justice? What is our minimum ethical obligation to animals? / Paul Brett -- Is the consistent ethic of life consistent without a concern for animals? / John Berkman.
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This encyclopedic volume is the most comprehensive collection of original studies on animals and theology ever published. Contributors from both sides of the Atlantic tackle fundamental questions about theology and how it is put into practice.Do animals have immortal souls? Does Christ's reconciling work include animals? Contributors address these issues and more in the context of scriptural perspectives, the Christian tradition, historical disputes, and obligations to animals.As Andrew Linzey points out in his introduction, it cannot be right for theological practitioners to carry on their business as though the world of animals were invisible. Mainstream Christianity still propagates a range of ideas about animals that are hugely detrimental to their status and welfare. This important volume argues that it is time for a change.

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Linzey (Mansfield College, Oxford) is to be congratulated for taking the growing interest in theology and animals to a new and higher level of discussion. This book supersedes the only previous anthology of contemporary Christian theology about animals, Good News for Animals?, edited by Charles Pinches and Jay B. McDaniel (1993). That helpful book made the case that animals are an important and relevant topic for theological concerns. Linzey's anthology takes the conversation much further by focusing on specific doctrinal issues. This book will be a welcome addition to a seminary course on the environment or a university course on the ethics of religion and nature. Indeed, it will be a good way to raise the relevance of traditional Christian beliefs in any ethics course, because it demonstrates how every aspect of Christian faith is implicated in the question of how we should treat animals. The essays cover scripture, animal sacrifice, what Jesus taught about animals, the doctrines of Creation and Fall, the Church Fathers and other traditional theologians, process theology, Providence, animal souls, and Catholic morality. Very readable and provocative without being faddish or glib, this book is highly recommended for all levels of readership. S. H. Webb; Wabash College