This book offers an up-to-date examination of the nature and development of animal theology. It considers what animal theology is and how it challenges, and is challenged by, liberation and ecological theology. At the heart of the work is a critical engagement with the Brazilian ecotheologian Leonardo Boff. Clair Linzey addresses ideas that originate from the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ and considers how Pope Francis is developing an animal friendly tradition within Catholicism. Exploring new vistas in animal theology, this volume makes a valuable to contribution to debates on how religion should be concerned with animals and the environment. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the current state of debate with animal theology and its effects on the wider Christian community.
Table of Contents
1: Introduction; 2: Boff and His Context; 3: The Liberator Who Does Not Liberate Creation; 4: Fraternity Only with Humans; 5: Cosmological Liberation without Animal Liberation; 6: A New Catholic Moral Sensitivity?; 7: Towards a Trinitarian Theology of Animal Liberation; 8: Conclusions
Clair Linzey is Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Professor of Animal Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
"With the stellar quality of this book, Clair Linzey further establishes herself as an exceptional scholar in the field of animal theology. She is not simply following in her father’s prestigious footsteps. She is blazing new trails." Ryan Patrick McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Assistant Editor, Biblical Theology Bulletin
"This book is a long overdue, detailed and sophisticated criticism of liberation theology’s partly anthropocentric, partly biocentric disregard for sentient animals, their sufferings and their lives. An impressive addition to the growing field of animal theology." Kurt Remele, Director of the Institute for Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, Graz University, Austria