By R. McLaughlin
The writer argues that there are conflicting traditions in regards to the query of what's the ethical status of animals in response to Christianity. The dominant culture keeps that animals are essentially assets yet there are substitute strands of Christian suggestion that problem this view.
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Extra resources for Christian Theology and the Status of Animals: The Dominant Tradition and Its Alternatives
Animals exist instrumentally for humans, who are the only creatures that exist for themselves. There was an original harmony between There is an integrity and order in humans and animals that was disrupted creation that must be preserved by sin. in human interactions with the cosmos. 109 animals suffering and death for human benefit provided the integrity of creation is not violated. 40 Christian Theology and the Status of Animals nonhuman animals in the history of the cosmos if it does not include their suffering and death?
43 This passage highlights an interesting tension in Benedict’s speech. ”44 This claim sits in an uneasy tension with his previous intimation that species extinction pertains to the unjust distribution of natural resources. One is left to wonder whether animals are part of the “gift” of God to all humans or in some other undefined category. Furthermore, Benedict echoes the ambiguity of John Paul II in relation to notions like harmony and fallenness. He notes that the original design of the cosmos is clearly depicted in Genesis 1.
23 At the intersection of the imago Dei and the common good, two categories take shape. First, there is a community comprising all human beings, each of whom bears the image of God. Second, there are goods that must be justly distributed to all members of that community. ” These categories betray a deep anthropocentrism very much in line with that of Aquinas. ”24 The council goes on to state: There is a growing awareness of the exalted dignity proper to the human person, since he stands above all things, and his rights and duties are universal and inviolable.
Christian Theology and the Status of Animals: The Dominant Tradition and Its Alternatives by R. McLaughlin