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Introduction: Pet Theories

Stephen H. Webb

in On God and Dogs

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152296
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152296.003.0001
Introduction: Pet Theories

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to show to groups—people who are interested in animal rights and people who study Christian theology—that they have more in common (and more to say to each other) than they usually think. The book argues that significant theological resources exist for both a critique of and a contribution to animal liberation, and that the emotional bond with companion animals should play a central role in the way we think about animals in general. It further argues that animals not only are a gift to us but also give to us, so that we need to attend to their giving and return their gifts appropriately. An overview of the subsequent chapter is also presented.

Keywords: Christian theology; animal rights; animal liberation; pets; giving

Chapter.  5624 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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