Evangelical Spirituality and Animal Ethics

phil2Evangelical 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.

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Biblical Insights

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 →