Animal Theology / Edition 1

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Animal rights is animal theology. The author argues that historical theology, creatively defined, must reject humanocentricity. He questions the assumption that if theology is to speak on this issue, 'it must only do so on the side of the oppressors.' His theological query investigates not only the abstractions of theory, but also the realities of hunting, animal experimentation, and genetic engineering. He is an important, pioneering, Christian voice speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
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This disturbing volume, based on a series of lectures given to the theology faculty at Oxford University, argues that contemporary agribusiness, based on the commodification of animals, is immoral and theologically indefensible. No vegan polemic or anti-vivisectionist tract, Lindzey's is a carefully prepared and argued discussion of the theology of animal rights in which the author takes the community of faith to task for its blindness to the centrality, within the Christian tradition, of duty to animals. Particularly damning are the chapters on scientific experimentation, hunting for sport, meat-eating and genetic engineering. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252064678
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,009,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Establishing Theological Principles 1
1 Reverence, Responsibility and Rights 3
Reverence for Life 3
Responsibility to Animals 12
The Rights of Animals 19
Theocentric Orientation 24
2 The Moral Priority of the Weak 26
The Equality Paradigm 26
The Generosity Paradigm 30
Drawing the Line 33
Special Relationships: Children and Animals 36
Ill-Gotten Gains 38
Two Objections 41
3 Humans as the Servant Species 45
Uniqueness Spotting 45
The Suffering God 48
Sacrificial Priesthood 52
Service as Uniqueness 56
Objections Considered 58
4 Liberation Theology for Animals 62
The Dogma of Humanism 62
Humanocentric Constriction 65
Recovering Christological Connections 67
Three Objections 72
5 Animal Rights and Parasitical Nature 76
The Vampire's Dilemma 76
Parasitical Predicaments 79
Rethinking Natural Law 80
Trans-Natural Moral Imperative 83
Objections to Vegetarianism 84
Pt. 2 Challenging Ethical Practice 93
6 Animal Experiments as Un-Godly Sacrifices 95
The Theological Basis of the Value of Creation 95
Moral Implications 101
Animals as Sacrificial Victims 103
A Critique of Animal Experiments 106
7 Hunting as the Anti-Gospel of Predation 114
Hunting with Jesus 114
Conscientious Christian Killing 115
Jesus our Predator 118
The Sacrifice for All 121
Deliverance from Bondage 123
8 Vegetarianism as a Biblical Ideal 125
Food of Paradise 125
Ambiguous Permission 127
Living without Violence 129
Prince of Peace 132
Approximating the Peaceable Kingdom 134
9 Genetic Engineering as Animal Slavery 138
Animal Revolution 138
Belonging to and Existing for 140
Patenting and Creation Doctrine 144
The Discredited Theology of Genetic Engineering 147
Four Objections 148
Eugenics and Genetic Engineering 152
Notes 156
Guide to the Literature 174
Acknowledgments 202
Index 204
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