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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The Work of Christ

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 →