A proper regard for animals is arguably a significant blind spot in contemporary Christian thinking. It is a blind spot Rev Dr Andrew Linzey, a member of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, has spent his life trying to correct.
Linzey has written twenty books and over one hundred articles on the ethical treatment of animals. Creatures of the Same God is a collection of nine of Linzey’s essays, each substantially revised for this volume. The collection is somewhat eclectic, covering topics including resources for animal theology in world religions, animal theology from a Christian perspective, conflicts between animal theology and ecotheology, traditions in early Mediterranean and Chinese Christianity that emphasised the importance of animals, and animal inclusive liturgies. What emerges is a strong case that the Christian Church should re-engsge with biblical teaching on animal wellbeing, recognising that Christian theology and church history provide rich veins to mine.Continue Reading