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 →
As we approach Easter, millions of Christians across the world will be celebrating the saving work of the Good Shepherd.
Indeed there is much reason to celebrate and praise the God who does not abandon His Creation in its sorry condition. Rather He leaps to his feet, in order to go in search of the sheep and pursue them, all the way to the Cross. Continue Reading →
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.
We all know that Christ, in taking on flesh, radically identified with humanity, from its highest of joys to its lowest of woes.
Yet is the work of the “beginning and end” of all things restricted to mere humanity?
Might the love which compelled Christ to hang upon the cross, actually have cosmic consequences for the whole created order? Continue Reading →