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Animal Theology

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Animal rights is animal theology. The author argues that historical theology, creatively defined, must reject humanocentricity. He questions the assumption that if theology is to speak on this issue, 'it must only do so on the side of the oppressors.' His theological query investigates not only the abstractions of theory, but also the realities of hunting, animal experimen ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by University of Illinois Press (first published June 1st 1994)
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Mary Ann
“Animal Theology” by Andrew Linzey does a great job of arguing for animal rights from a Christian perspective. The author admits that historically Christians have defined dominion as the right to use and destroy nature and have had little respect for animal lives or any other part of creation.
Animals had rights in Christian doctrine only as they could be defined as possessions.
But Linzey reinterprets the gospels and puts considerable research into the study, so Biblical teachings come more in
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Bobby
I wouldn't say I'm capable of a proper review of Andrew Linzey's Animal Theology but I am inclined to share a little on the scope of this book and my own reason for reading it. As a vegetarian one oftens hears various "arguments" (I use that term loosely) for meat eating, the primary one of which from Christians will be that "God gave us dominion over the animals." The implicit conclusion might be rightly seen to be that mankind has God given license to do whatever it wants to anything on this p ...more
Joshua Duffy
This is the second book I've read of Linzey, and my view is much the same as the first: a stretch. I truly believe in his view as a whole, but when I look at his reasoning piece by piece I find he comes up lacking. That, and the fact he calls God 'she' numerous times; don't know where he's going with that one?
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