Michael Gilmour, Professor of New Testament and English Literature at Providence, University College explores the works of C.S Lewis; revealing a man with a deep love of animals and whose faith inspired him to emphasise their goodness and dignity in his world-famous novels. Continue Reading →
Dr Philip J. Sampson, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, uncovers the spiritually corrosive effects of hunting. He reveals a strong evangelical tradition of opposition towards cruelty and the embracing of kindness and gentleness to all creatures.
Ex-Franciscan friar, Dr Alan McManus, reflects upon the extraordinary life of St. Francis of Assisi and reveals, not only a man with a remarkable heart for animals, but also a revolutionary figure against cruelty and injustice. Continue Reading →
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was undoubtedly a man of many talents. Born in the German territory of Alsace-Lorraine, later to become Haut-Rhin, France, Schweitzer gained prominence as a musical scholar, organist and medical missionary in Africa.
He is remembered primarily for his work as a theologian, the cornerstone of his work being, the concept of “Reverence for Life” or Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben, a phrase which came to him on a boat trip on the Ogooué River in French Equatorial Africa (now Gabon).
This idea arose from his conviction that Western civilization was decaying because it had abandoned the affirmation of life as its ethical foundation. Continue Reading →
Championing the Cause
Advocating on behalf of animal welfare in today’s society can be a tough challenge.
The widespread, anthropocentric tradition of indifference towards animals has led to many Christians becoming strangers to the idea of actively showing compassion to other species.
Thankfully, there are exceptions to this rule, most notably that of William Wilberforce.
A hagiography is the biography of holy person, saint or church leader.
Tales of the lives of saints have for centuries been a source of spiritual inspiration for countless generations of Christians of all denominations.
Many of the accounts spring from Middle age legend however as read as poetry or medieval parable, they provide much food for thought for a modern-day audience.
These accounts, as read today, symbolically evidence how, as individual people grow in their relationship to God, they experience an overflowing of grace and love which extends outwards, not just to humans, but all of God’s creatures. Continue Reading →