Christian Theology

Donna Yarri

in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181791
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835744 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series

 Christian Theology

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Historically, the Christian tradition has not been generally favorable toward animals, and in fact has often been used to demonstrate the dominion of humans over animals. However, there are doctrines within Christian theology that can be interpreted more positively with regard to the treatment of experimental animals. These include creation, sin, Christology (focusing on both the earthly Jesus and the risen Christ), and eschatology (including the idea of animal souls). Thus, the Christian view of God and life can include a view toward experimental animals in which they are valued as having intrinsic value rather than simply instrumental value.

Keywords: dominion; Christian tradition; Christian theology; creation; sin; Christology; Jesus; God; animal souls; intrinsic value

Chapter.  14556 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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