"Animal Theologians" Shines Light on the Crucial Role of Animal Theology in Animal Advocacy
Renowned theologians Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey are releasing their groundbreaking book, "Animal Theologians," which explores the intersection of theology, ethics, and the treatment of animals. The book is set to make a significant impact on the fields of animal ethics and advocacy by shedding light on the often-overlooked spiritual and theological dimensions of our relationship with animals.
In "Animal Theologians," the authors delve into the rich history of religious and spiritual perspectives on animals, spanning various faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more. The book offers a comprehensive exploration of how religious and spiritual beliefs have shaped human attitudes and behaviors toward animals throughout history.
Dr. Carlos Naconecy, an expert in the field of animal ethics, emphasizes the importance of this work, stating, "The crucial importance of animal theology has eluded the awareness of most animal protection activists. Animal ethics and vegetarian ethics, from ancient times to the present day, have predominantly operated by building rational justifications and arguments based on science. In a sense, this is unfortunate for the movement."
He goes on to say, "By following this rationalist path and dismissing valuable intuitions of a spiritual nature, there is a risk of 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater.' Powerful voices of humanitarian thought, over many centuries, have stood with animals – viewing them through the perspective of religion and what belongs to the realm of the transcendent."
"Animal Theologians" not only highlights the historical significance of spiritual and religious perspectives on animals but also underscores their contemporary relevance. In a world where multiculturalism prevails and approximately 80% of the global population is affiliated with some religion, the book asserts that the animal advocacy and vegetarian movements should engage with these belief systems.
Dr. Naconecy continues, "After all, animal protection requires a pragmatic approach due to its urgency and magnitude. And, from a pragmatic standpoint, there would be no rationale for disregarding the immense mobilizing power of animal theology. This is a task yet to be undertaken by the intellectuals of the movement."
Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey, both distinguished scholars in the field of theology and ethics, have provided a valuable resource for anyone interested in animal ethics, theology, and advocacy. "Animal Theologians" promises to inspire individuals from diverse backgrounds, whether religious or not, who care deeply about the welfare and ethical treatment of animals.
The book is set to be a catalyst for a more inclusive and holistic approach to animal advocacy, recognizing the interconnectedness of spirituality, ethics, and the well-being of animals. "Animal Theologians" is a call to action for scholars, activists, and anyone concerned about the ethical treatment of animals to engage with the rich tapestry of religious and spiritual thought on this vital issue.
Marly Winckler – Sociologist, International Vegetarian Union – IVU – Chair
Dr Carlos Naconecy - philosopher and fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He has also served as the former director of the Department of Ethics of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU).
FLORIANOPOLIS, SEPTEMBER 25, 2023
Co-author Dr Clair Linzey is available for interview, comment and articles.
PDF copies of the book are available for review.
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About the Authors
Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey are prominent theologians and scholars in the field of animal ethics. Andrew Linzey is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Clair Linzey is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Oxford. They have authored numerous books and articles on theology, ethics, and animals. Their work is highly regarded for its contribution to the field of animal theology and advocacy.
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. The Centre comprises more than 100 academic Fellows.
Animal Theologians is published by Oxford University Press. RRP: £25.99
The book is refered at IVU Online Library- Bibliography
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