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Animal Theology

Respecting the worth and the rights of animals

“What are we to say of a theology which has so proceeded on the basis of a moral neglet of God’s creatures?” asks Andrew Linzey. In Animal Theology, he seeks ways in which doctrine can help morally motivated Christians to perceive meaning in animal suffering. In Linzey’s view, animal rights is synonymous with animal theology. Linzey argues that historical theology, creatively defined, must reject humanocentricity. Questioning the assumption that if theology is to speak on this issue, “it must only do so on the side of the oppressors,” Linzey investigates not only the abstractions of theory, but also the realities of hunting, animal experimentation, and genetic engineering. His is a pioneering, vital, and unequivocally Christian voice advocating on behalf of the countless creatures who share our world and our lives but cannot speak for themselves.

"An excellent book. Clearly written, logically organized, and exhibits sound scholarship. What Christianity can offer to the animal rights debate more than anything else is what Linzey calls the 'generosity paradigm.'"--Daniel A. Dombrowski, author of Hartshorne and the Metaphysics of Animal Rights


Andrew Linzey is Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Honorary Research Fellow at St Stephen's House, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford.  He is Professor of Animal Theology at the University of Winchester and Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana. 

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