Factory farmed animals are deprived of freedom, their young, their nursing milk, their eggs, and ultimately their lives. To support industries that cause such suffering is to live a life that is spiritually impoverished.
Christian Ethics and Nonhuman Animals From all-creatures. In a world humming with animal rights and animal liberation, it is important to assess Christian teachings with regard to human-nonhuman responsibilities and interactions.
This article is not critical in nature, but reveals how much we might learn from the spiritual and moral teachings of the Christian tradition about our place in the larger universe.
Christians, like Jews, hold the Tanakh as sacred, though they call this group of texts the Old Testament. For Christians, as for Jews, animals are not created for people, but live for themselves and for God Sorabji What does the Christian tradition, the New Testament, add to this rich inheritance of sacred teachings with regard to human-nonhuman interactions?
Old Testament writings regarding animals are particularly important because the primary Christian text, the New Testament, focuses on the life of Christ and offers less explicit information about how humans ought to interact with animals.
There is relatively little about animals in the New Testament. They are referred to incidentally in descriptions of everyday life and appear in parables and figures of speech, but they are never the express topic of any passage.
The Old Testament point of view on animals was taken as valid in Judaism at the time of Jesus, and in the New Testament is considered as self-evident. Vischer 15 The New Testament assumes knowledge of the Old Testament, and does not repeat much of what is taken for granted in the Judeao-Christian tradition based on the Old Testament.
The Old Testament, combined with the New Testament, provides Christianity with all that is needed to protect animals: Saints, a Benevolent Creator, and Sentients In both early and medieval Christianity, Christian morals demanded compassion toward animals Hughes Saints of all ages have modeled kindness, and are famous for their love of all creatures.
For those closest to God, the nature of animals, and their complete subjugation to the ever-growing power of human beings, requires Christian charity and Christ-like protective tenderness Polk Christian saints remind the faithful that to be in relationship with God is to have amicable relations with animals.
Hagiographies, stories recording the lives of saints, demonstrate that holy people in the Christian tradition, people known for their proximity to God and for living up to the Christian ideal, were compassionate and tender toward animals.
The list must include almost two-thirds of those canonized saints East and West, not only St. Francis but also St.
Many saints found little to separate humans from the rest of nature Polk He taught Christian humility and the equality of all creatures White If wild animals were given to him, he treated them gently and let them go. Francis insisted that his followers exemplify compassion toward all living beings, and it was his deepest hope that kindness might flow from people toward the great expanse of the created world.
Guthlac of Croyland, and St. Godric lived with wild animals. Hagiographies even credit animals with a spiritual understanding that humans lack, as in the story of St. Sometimes animals assisted saints, such as the wild ass that helped Abbot Helenus.
At other times, saints assisted animals, as when St. Godric harbored a stag from the terror and cruelty of hunters. The German theologian Meister Eckhart wrote:By Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, Montana State University, Billings God is love (1 John , ) ABSTRACT: In a world humming with animal rights and animal liberation, it is important to assess Christian teachings with regard to human-nonhuman responsibilities and interactions.
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