Christian Traditions

Lisa Kemmerer

in Animals and World Religions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790678
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919178 | DOI:
Christian Traditions

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The sixth chapter explores animal-friendly teachings and practices in Christian religious traditions through sacred texts, including teachings such as love and mercy, service and sharing, peace, humility, and the God-centered disposition of the Christian life and natural environment. This chapter also surveys the inclusive nature of Christian salvation, and presents ideal models of compassion and animal advocacy through the life of Jesus and through Christian moral exemplars (saints). Chapter 6 closes by exposing the activist nature of Christianity, including the teachings of eighteenth-century Dr. Humphrey Primatt, nineteenth-century Leo Tolstoy, and the works of dedicated contemporary Christian animal liberationists such as Dr. Stephen Kaufman of the Christian Vegetarian Association, PETA's Bruce Friedrich, and Swedish activists Pelle Strindlund and Annika Spalde.

Keywords: Christianity; love; mercy; service; sharing; peace; humility; Leo Tolstoy; Humphrey Primatt; Stephen Kaufman

Chapter.  17011 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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