A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals

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What is the purpose of animals? Didn't God give humans dominion over other creatures? Didn't Jesus eat lamb? These are the kinds of questions that Christians who advocate compassion toward other animals regularly face. Yet Christians who have a faith-based commitment to care for other animals through what they eat, what they wear, and how they live with other creatures are often unsure how to address these biblically and theologically based challenges. In A Faith Embracing All Creatures, authors from various ...

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A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals

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Overview

What is the purpose of animals? Didn't God give humans dominion over other creatures? Didn't Jesus eat lamb? These are the kinds of questions that Christians who advocate compassion toward other animals regularly face. Yet Christians who have a faith-based commitment to care for other animals through what they eat, what they wear, and how they live with other creatures are often unsure how to address these biblically and theologically based challenges. In A Faith Embracing All Creatures, authors from various denominational, national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds wrestle with the text, theology, and tradition to explain the roots of their desire to live peaceably with their nonhuman kin. Together, they show that there are no easy answers on "what the Bible says about animals." Instead, there are nuances and complexities, which even those asking these questions may be unaware of. Editors Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York have gathered a collection of essays that wrestle with these nuances and tensions in Scripture around nonhuman animals. In so doing, they expand the discussion of nonviolence, peacemaking, and reconciliation to include the oft-forgotten other members of God's good creation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610977012
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Series: The Peaceable Kingdom Series
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 1,162,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tripp York, PhD, teaches in the Department of Religion at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author and editor of more than half a dozen books including Third Way Allegiance, Living on Hope While Living in Babylon, and The Devil Wears Nada

Andy Alexis-Baker is a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics at Marquette University. He is coeditor of Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution by John Howard Yoder.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Foreword: Expanding Our Compassion Footprint Marc Bekoff xi

Introduction Andy Alexis-Baker xiv

1 What about Dominion in Genesis? Carol J. Adams 1

2 What about the Covenant with Noah? Judith Barad 13

3 What about Animal Sacrifice in the Hebrew Scriptures? Malinda Elizabeth Berry 23

4 Doesn't the Bible Say that Humans Are More Important than Animals? Nekeisha Alexis-Baker 39

5 Didn't Jesus Eat Lamb? The Last Supper and the Case of the Missing Meat Stephen H. Webb 53

6 Didn't Jesus Eat Fish? Andy Alexis-Baker 64

7 Does Christian Hospitality Require that We Eat Meat? Laura Hobgood-Oster 75

8 Doesn't Romans Say that Vegetarians Have "Weak Faith"? Michelle Loyd-Paige 90

9 Doesn't Jesus Treat Animals as Property? Annika Spalde Pelle Strindlund 101

10 What's the Point of Animals? David Clough 114

11 Are We Addicted to the Suffering of Animals? Animal Cruelty and the Catholic Moral Tradition John Berkman 124

12 Does "Made in the Image of God" Mean Humans Are More Special than Animals? Stephen R. L. Clark 138

13 Can the Wolf Lie Down with the Lamb without Killing It? Confronting the Not-So-Practical Politics of the Peaceable Kingdom Tripp York 150

14 Vegetarianism: A Christian Spiritual Practice Both Old and New Danielle Nussberger 166

Afterword Brian McLaren 181

Bibliography 185

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