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The dominion of love : animal rights according to the Bible
Phelps, Norm.
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New York : Lantern Books, [2002]

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xii, 205 pages ; 22 cm
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BS680.A5 P48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Many commentators and users of the Bible have, over the centuries and up to the present day, used the Bible to argue that animals have no rights, that they were put on this earth for our use, and that we have no obligations to them.

In his cogent, honest, and fully researched and referenced work, The Dominion of Love , Norm Phelps attempts to encourage all who revere the Bible as holy scripture to open their hearts to the suffering that we inflict upon our nonhuman neighbors. He shows that the right of animals not to be imprisoned, harmed, and killed for our benefit flows naturally from the Bible's message of love and compassion and argues that this is the message of the Bible's most important passages dealing with our relationship to animals. He further responds to the defenses of animal exploitation that are often made based on the Bible.

Beautifully written, The Dominion of Love is an essential addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a compassionate and non-exploitative reading of Holy Scripture.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Norm Phelps offers some shrill advocacy of Judeo-Christian vegetarianism in The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible. While acknowledging that the Bible never openly condemns the eating of animals, and actually seems to condone it, Phelps argues that vegetarianism is the diet that most reflects the Bible's overall message of love and mercy. The book's directive is sometimes overly strident, as when Phelps claims that "anyone who believes that animal exploitation is ethically acceptable because the Bible approves of it should, if they are to be consistent in their use of the Bible, also believe that human slavery is ethically acceptable not to mention ethnic cleansing, genocide and rape." (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Spiritual Outreach Director of the Fund for Animals in Washington, DC, Phelps here argues that the Bible's messages of love and compassion can be applied to our relationship with animals. He negotiates this very tricky terrain with some skill, and while he concedes that his conclusions rely heavily on the notion of our ethical development since biblical times, his work still ought to satisfy the curiosity of the Christian and environmentally minded reader alike. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.