Created Equal: A Case for the Animal-Human Connection

Created Equal: A Case for the Animal-Human Connection

by Ernie Bringas




Many great thinkers throughout history, including Lincoln, Gandhi, Einstein, and Edison, have been vocal supporters of the sanctity of all life and opponents of the notion that humans have dominion over the Earth's creatures. Tragically, the majority of our society regards animals as inferior, often resulting in cruelty and the pointless deaths of millions of animals each year. This has led to the animal rights movement which is the subject of heated debate in contemporary society. In Created Equal, United Methodist minister Ernie Bringas takes the debate to a higher level -- he argues for the concept of animal equality. But why should we consider all animals to have equal value? It is possible that all animals share equal worth with humans? If so, how do we apply animal equality in a way that's right and practical? At once playful and thought-provoking, far-reaching, and soul-searching, Bringas examines these important questions with logical precision and force. He reveals how "speciesism" degrades the lives of all animals, both human and non-human. With warmth, insight, and humor he tackles such controversial topics as killing for sport, meat consumption, animal research, and even insect ethics. Created Equal will disturb you, inspire you, and leave you wondering about humankind's real place on the cosmic totem pole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571743824
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1
The Reader's Warm-Up3
Chapter 1Noitcudortni7
Chapter 2The Animal Spectrum14
Chapter 3The Philosophy of Inequality22
Chapter 4Animal Equality41
Chapter 5The Big Picture51
Chapter 6A Quantum Perception65
Chapter 7For Skeptics and Believers, Too77
Part 2
Chapter 8The Opening93
Chapter 9When Push Comes to Shove97
Chapter 10Hunting (The Socially Accepted Freedom to Act Irresponsibly)104
Chapter 11A Needless Love Affair126
Chapter 12It's a Small World After All141
Chapter 13The Closing151
About the Author169

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