1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics

Edited By Andrew Linzey, Clair Linzey Copyright 2019
    410 Pages
    by Routledge

    410 Pages
    by Routledge

    The ethical treatment of non-human animals is an increasingly significant issue, directly affecting how people share the planet with other creatures and visualize themselves within the natural world. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics is a key reference source in this area, looking specifically at the role religion plays in the formation of ethics around these concerns.

    Featuring thirty-five chapters by a team of international contributors, the handbook is divided into two parts. The first gives an overview of fifteen of the major world religions’ attitudes towards animal ethics and protection. The second features five sections addressing the following topics:

    • Human Interaction with Animals

    • Killing and Exploitation

    • Religious and Secular Law

    • Evil and Theodicy

    • Souls and Afterlife

    This handbook demonstrates that religious traditions, despite often being anthropocentric, do have much to offer to those seeking a framework for a more enlightened relationship between humans and non-human animals. As such, The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, theology, and animal ethics as well as those studying the philosophy of religion and ethics more generally.

    Introduction: Toward a New(er) Religious Ethic for Animals  Part I: Traditions  1. African Religions: Anthropocentrism and Animal Protection  2. Anglican Christianity: Animal Questions for Christian Doctrine  3. Buddhism: Paradox and Practice—Morally Relevant Distinctions in the Buddhist Characterization of Animals  4. Confucianism and Daoism: Animals in Traditional Chinese Thought  5. Evangelical Christianity: Lord of Creation or Animal among Animals? Dominion, Darwin, and Duty  6. Hinduism: Animating Samadhi—Rethinking Animal–Human Relationships through Yoga  7. Islam: Ants, Birds, and Other Affable Creatures in the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sufi Literature  8. Jainism: Animals and the Ethics of Intervention  9. Judaism: The Human Animal and All Other Animals—Dominion or Duty?  10. Mormonism: Harmony and Dissonance between Religion and Animal Ethics  11. Native American Religion: Restoring Species to the Circle of Life  12. Orthodox Christianity: Compassion for Animals  13. Rastafarianism: A Hermeneutic of Animal Care  14. Roman Catholicism: A Strange Kind of Kindness—On Catholicism’s Moral Ambiguity toward Animals  15. Sikh Dharam: Ethics and Behavior toward Animals   Part II: Issues  Human Interaction with Animals  16. "Nations like Yourselves": Some Muslim Debates over Qur’an 6:38  17. Invoking Another World: An Interreligious Reflection on Hindu Mythology  18. A New Ethic of Holiness: Celtic Saints and Their Kinship with Animals  19. Franciscan Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation: A Creation without Creatures  Killing and Exploitation  20. Animals in Christian and Muslim Thought: Creatures, Creation, and Killing for Food  21. "You Shall Not Eat Any Abominable Thing" (Deut. 14:3)—An Examination of the Old Testament Food Laws with Animal Ethics in Mind  22. Eden’s Diet: Christianity and Vegetarianism  23. Religion, Ethics, and Vegetarianism: The Case of McDonald’s in India  24. The Sacred and Mundane Cow: The History of India’s Cattle Protection Movement  25. Exposing the Harm in Euthanasia: Ahimsa and an Alternative View on Animal Welfare as Expressed in the Beliefs and Practices of the Skanda Vale Ashram, West Wales  Religious and Secular Law  26. Animals in Western Christian Canon Law  27. Catholic Law on Bullfighting  28. Legal Responses to Questions of Animal Ethics and Religious Freedom  29. Veganism as a Legally Protected Religion  Evil and Theodicy  30. Gratuitous Animal Suffering and the Evidential Problem of Evil  31. How Good Is Nature? The Fall, Evolution, and Predation  32. Evolution, Animal Suffering, and Ethics: A Response to Christopher Southgate  Souls and Afterlife  33. Buddhist Rebirth, Reincarnation, and Animal Welfare  34. A Spark Divine? Animal Souls and Animal Welfare in Nineteenth-Century Britain  35. The Difference Bodily Resurrection Makes: Caring for Animals While Hoping for Heaven


    Andrew Linzey is the director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics; an honorary research fellow at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford; and a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. He is a visiting professor of animal theology at the University of Winchester and a professor of animal ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana.

    Clair Linzey is the deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She holds an MA in theological studies from the University of St Andrews and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of St Andrews on the ecological theology of Leonardo Boff, with special consideration of the place of animals.

    "This handbook demonstrates that religious tradi-tions, despite often being anthropocentric, do have much to offer to those seeking a frame-work for a more enlightened relationship between humans and non-human animals."

    - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

    "This collection of The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics with 35 original chapters and a masterful introduction is a terrific contribution to a vital dimension of religious and environmental ethics. It also enriches the fields of religious studies, theology, and philosophy of religion.
    [...]This handbook entertains secular atheism as well as religious atheism or non-theism (e.g., Buddhism), but its scope in terms of religious traditions fills a gap in the literature and offers to students and scholars a rich opportunity to expand their horizons."

    -Charles Taliaferro, Saint Olaf College, Religious Studies Review