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God and the Giving of Animals

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/9780195152296.003.0002
God and the Giving of Animals

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This chapter outlines the book's theological method, surveys the biblical record on the treatment of animals, and shows how there are surprising resources in Judaism and Christianity for an ethic of compassion toward animals. It then examines two theological approaches to animals, one based on the Bible and the other on an appropriation of philosophical rights language. It concludes that neither strategy is adequate to both the complexity of the issues involved and the particularity of our actual relationships with animals.

Keywords: theological method; biblical record; animal welfare; philosophical rights; Bible; Judaism; Christianity

Chapter.  13374 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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