Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology

Creatures of the Same God Explorations in Animal Theology I don t know why you re spending all your time on this They re only animals for heaven s sake That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey s fellow students at King s College London when he was stu

  • Title: Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology
  • Author: Andrew Linzey
  • ISBN: 9781590561423
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • I don t know why you re spending all your time on this They re only animals for heaven s sake That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey s fellow students at King s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s Since then, the now Rev Dr Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren t only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should I don t know why you re spending all your time on this They re only animals for heaven s sake That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey s fellow students at King s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s Since then, the now Rev Dr Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren t only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should do so to us.In this collection of essays, Linzey counters with his customary wit, erudition, and insight, some contemporary and perhaps surprising challenges to animal rights from ecotheologians, the Church, and politicians He contends that far from the sometimes shallow judgments of those who think animals unworthy of theological consideration, the Christian tradition has a wellspring of sources and resources available to taking animals seriously Instead of being marginal to the Christian experience, Linzey concludes, animals can take their rightful place alongside human beings as creatures of the same God.There is a long forgotten spiritual tradition that two children, both named Jesus, were born in Bethlehem to two sets of parents named Joseph and Mary This tradition is supported by the different accounts of the nativity and life of Jesus Christ in the gospels of Matthew and Luke Although the Church chose to ignore this tradition, something of it survived in early Christian art and symbolism The full tradition was preserved only in the literature of esoteric sects such as Gnosticism, which remained outside the official teachings of institutionalized Christianity.

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    1. Anglican priest and theologian Andrew Linzey postulates an animal theology that makes the case for the inclusion of non-human animals in the Christian person's moral concern. Although Christian tradition has always had the potential to express guardianship and benevolence towards animals, there has been much focus on humans as if we are the only species God is concerned about. 'Creatures of the Same God' uses various essays of Linzey's to discuss how caring for animals is not a secular venture t [...]

    2. The work of Andrew Linzey should be required reading for anyone who fancies himself a Christian and wonders what is the proper relationship between humans and the "lesser" sentient creatures with whom we share the planet. For anyone who has already read seminal works of Andrew Linzey's like Animal Theology and Animal Gospel this book is highly recommended. For everyone else, start with one of those or the more philosophical work Why Animal Suffering Matters. This is a collection of essays on var [...]

    3. Thought provokingThis book was very unsettling for me. It challenged my theological/cultural understanding of the place of animals in the order of things. Although I am not as informed as I should be about man`s treatment of animals, I know enough to be ashamed of my treatment of feeling beings. I agree with so much of what this author says that I must take a long look at what I have learned and how I respond to it.

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