In this transcript from the 2017 Creature Conference, Dr Margaret Adam, theologian, ethicist and visiting tutor at St Stephen’s House, Oxford argues that Christians should care about animals because of who and how they are called to be. Continue Reading →
What makes the festive season so special is that sense of hope and expectation leading up to Christmas Day. Hope is a powerful emotion and few sights are able to inspire more hope than that of a new life entering the world. Continue Reading →
Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes explores the interrelatedness of all living beings and demonstrates how the common origin and essential unity of creation necessitates that every animal is treated with respect, compassion and love. Continue Reading →
Professor Ryan McLaughlin, lecturer of theology at Siena College, New York, discusses the theological status of animals, the work of Christ and the practical implications of animal theological concern within the Christian life. Continue Reading →
Professor Karen Swallow Prior, lecturer in English at Liberty University and Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, argues compassionate care of animals is a scriptural mandate and that humanity needs to reclaim its Biblical responsibility to care for all God’s creatures.
Evangelical Christianity and animal advocacy are often perceived as irreconcilably at odds with each other. Therefore it will come as a surprise to many that the pioneers of animal welfare reform before the twentieth century were Christians who showed a passionate kindness towards ‘God’s beasts’. Dr Philip J. Sampson, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, discusses the distinctively Evangelical spirituality which inspired them.
Human beings have long assumed themselves to be created as the superior species with a God-given right to dominate the rest of the animals.
Yet how, should humanity choose to take its Biblical and rightful place as the servant species, could this benefit all of God’s creatures? Continue Reading →
The Bible is widely considered to be the best selling book of all time and with estimated annual sales of 100 million copies, it has brought hope, inspiration, joy and love to countless generations of Christians.
Yet does its pages tell of a Good News which only applies to humanity?
Despite mainstream Christianity’s long tradition of disregard for other species, might Holy scripture in fact testify to a God who is far from indifferent?
The God of the Bible creates animals to be spiritual beings, who are blessed, brought into a covenant relationship, beckoned to worship and are promised redemption through the work of Christ. Continue Reading →