For Love of Animals Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

ISBN-10: 1616366621
ISBN-13: 9781616366629
Edition: 2013
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 10/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

For Love of Animals is an honest and thoughtful look at our responsibility as Christians in the way we treat animals. Many Christians misunderstand both history and their own tradition in thinking about animals. They are joined by many secular thinkers, who wish to paint Christianity as being responsible for how the Western world has failed to lead the charge in considering issues of animal rights.The book connects readers to the moral framework of the arguments for the ethical treatment of animals: nonviolence, inclusion of the vulnerable into our sphere of moral concern, and most important, regard for the consistent ethic of life. The focus of the content goes beyond the liberal/conservative lines that often shape the discussion; though often thought of as a liberal issue, many conservatives are concerned about the ethical treatment of animals as well, and both sides are represented here.Examples and citations from the Gospels—“Didn’t Jesus eat fish?”—as well as the Church Fathers, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, and John Paul II, and trends in current theological thought support the arguments made here by Camosy. The discussion moves into practical concerns of everyday life too: Should Christians eat meat? Is factory farming evil? Are there distinctions between certain animals, that is, eating chicken vs. pig vs. cow? Is the development of drugs and other medical therapies a valid reason to do research on animals? Even the topic of whether or not it is ethical to have pets is not shied away from in this thought-provoking book.This is an ideal resource for those who are interested in animal rights from the perspective of Christian ethics and the consistent ethic of life. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter and suggestions for further reading round out the usefulness of this important work.

Charles C. Camosy is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York. He is author of Too Expensive to Treat?: Finitude, Tragedy and the Neonatal ICU (2010).

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Justice for Animals?
Christianity and Speciesism
Christianity and the Nonhuman: From Angels to Aliens
Animals and the Bible
Saints and Other Great Christian Figures
Contemporary Teachings and Views
Factory Farming
Eating Meat
Research, Hunting, and Pets
A Consistent Ethic of Life
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