What do we owe animals? Many Christians misunderstand both history and their own tradition in thinking about this question, and they are joined by prominent secular thinkers who blame Christianity for the Western world's failure to seriously consider the moral status of animals.
For Love of Animals explains how traditional Christian ideas and principles—like nonviolence, concern for the vulnerable, stewardship of God's creation, and rejection of consumerism—require us to treat animals morally. Though this point of view is often thought of as liberal, the book cites several conservatives who are also concerned about animals. The Christian argument transcends secular politics.
How should we approach the issues of animal rights in our everyday lives? Should Christians eat meat? Is cooperation with factory farming evil? What sort of medical research on animals is justified? Camosy even asks difficult questions about hunting and pet ownership. This is an ideal resource for those who are interested in thinking about animals from the perspective of Christian ethics and the consistent ethic of life.
Charles Camosy is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University. He is the founder and co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project and the author of Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization.He holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
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