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I don't know why you're spending all your time on this. They’re only animals—for heaven's sake!” That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey's fellow students at King’s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s. Since then, the now Rev. Dr. Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren't only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should d I don't know why you're spending all your time on this. They’re only animals—for heaven's sake!” That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey's fellow students at King’s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s. Since then, the now Rev. Dr. Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren't only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should do so to us. In this collection of essays, Linzey counters with his customary wit, erudition, and insight, some contemporary (and perhaps surprising) challenges to animal rights—from ecotheologians, the Church, and politicians. He contends that far from the sometimes shallow judgments of those who think animals unworthy of theological consideration, the Christian tradition has a wellspring of sources and resources available to taking animals seriously. Instead of being marginal to the Christian experience, Linzey concludes, animals can take their rightful place alongside human beings as creatures of the same God.


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I don't know why you're spending all your time on this. They’re only animals—for heaven's sake!” That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey's fellow students at King’s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s. Since then, the now Rev. Dr. Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren't only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should d I don't know why you're spending all your time on this. They’re only animals—for heaven's sake!” That was the reaction of one of Andrew Linzey's fellow students at King’s College, London, when he was studying theology in the 1970s. Since then, the now Rev. Dr. Andrew Linzey has been arguing that animals aren't only anything, but rather that they matter to God, and should do so to us. In this collection of essays, Linzey counters with his customary wit, erudition, and insight, some contemporary (and perhaps surprising) challenges to animal rights—from ecotheologians, the Church, and politicians. He contends that far from the sometimes shallow judgments of those who think animals unworthy of theological consideration, the Christian tradition has a wellspring of sources and resources available to taking animals seriously. Instead of being marginal to the Christian experience, Linzey concludes, animals can take their rightful place alongside human beings as creatures of the same God.

51 review for Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I'm not knowledgeable about theology, so I found the early chapters of this book difficult to understand. The later chapters, though, were very helpful to me in understanding how Christianity has viewed animals and, according to Linzey, how it should view them. There is also a list of resources at the end of the chapters which appears to include the more influential writings on the subject. I'm not knowledgeable about theology, so I found the early chapters of this book difficult to understand. The later chapters, though, were very helpful to me in understanding how Christianity has viewed animals and, according to Linzey, how it should view them. There is also a list of resources at the end of the chapters which appears to include the more influential writings on the subject.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    The work of Andrew Linzey should be required reading for anyone who fancies himself a Christian and wonders what is the proper relationship between humans and the "lesser" sentient creatures with whom we share the planet. For anyone who has already read seminal works of Andrew Linzey's like Animal Theology and Animal Gospel this book is highly recommended. For everyone else, start with one of those or the more philosophical work Why Animal Suffering Matters. This is a collection of essays on var The work of Andrew Linzey should be required reading for anyone who fancies himself a Christian and wonders what is the proper relationship between humans and the "lesser" sentient creatures with whom we share the planet. For anyone who has already read seminal works of Andrew Linzey's like Animal Theology and Animal Gospel this book is highly recommended. For everyone else, start with one of those or the more philosophical work Why Animal Suffering Matters. This is a collection of essays on various topics and as such is not as cohesive of a read as those other books. That said, these essays are still well worth reading, even if this reader did find one essay a little too technical in a theological sense to really get anything out of.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Earl L Knapp

    Thought provoking This book was very unsettling for me. It challenged my theological/cultural understanding of the place of animals in the order of things. Although I am not as informed as I should be about man`s treatment of animals, I know enough to be ashamed of my treatment of feeling beings. I agree with so much of what this author says that I must take a long look at what I have learned and how I respond to it. Thought provoking This book was very unsettling for me. It challenged my theological/cultural understanding of the place of animals in the order of things. Although I am not as informed as I should be about man`s treatment of animals, I know enough to be ashamed of my treatment of feeling beings. I agree with so much of what this author says that I must take a long look at what I have learned and how I respond to it.

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