ISBN : 019979068X
Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 2011)
In what ways does Christianity call people to a life of compassion, peace, and service, and how does this matter to animals, the earth, and what we choose to eat? What do sacred stories and religious leaders teach about how to live our daily lives, and how is this shaping the lives of Christian activists? Enriched with thoughtful and inspiring quotes, this concise and well-written book answers all of these questions—and many more.
Animals and Christianity is part of a book series created by Tapestry as part of the in-progress Animals and Religion website. Each book in this series explores ethics and rightful relations with animals as outlined in one of the world’s largest religions, highlighting core sacred teachings (such as compassion, humility, service, and simplicity), inspiring spiritual integrity, and helping to work toward a more peaceful and compassionate world.
In what ways does Christianity call people to a life of compassion for animals? What sorts of lifestyle changes do sacred texts require in our daily lives, particularly with regard to dietary choices? How do Bible stories and religious leaders shape rightful relations with nature and animals, and how is this reflected in the lives of Christian activists? This book (and the accompanying website) answers these questions and many more.
Animals and Christianity is created at Tapestry (http://lisakemmerer.com/tapestry.html) by professor emeritus Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, internationally known in this field. Each book in the series (and each page of the Animals and Religion website at animalsandreligion.org) explores ethics and our rightful relations with animals as outlined in one of the world’s largest religions, highlighting core Christian ethics (such as compassion, humility, service, and simplicity), inspiring spiritual integrity and helping to build a more peaceful and compassionate world.
From Genesis to Revelation, and from the early church to the present day, there are vivid examples of God’s—and the church’s—love of, care for, and delight in animal creatures. (Sarah Withrow King, Master of Theological Studies from Palmer Theological Seminary, co-founder of CreatureKind)1