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"Far too often, serious concern for nonhuman animals is dismissed by well-meaning Christians--who otherwise might share such concerns--because of some remarkably consistent (and understandable) hesitations. For some decades now we have needed a resource that brought together experts to respectfully answer these concerns, and with this book we finally have this invaluable resource."
--Charles C. Camosy
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics
Fordham University, Duane Library

"Many good books deserve an enthusiastic recommendation. But only a few merit the stockpiling of a stash of copies to give to anyone and everyone who crosses one's path. A Faith Embracing All Creatures will be greeted as this latter sort of book by anyone with a heart for creation care. . . . Christians of all varieties will find accessible, creative, and challenging perspectives on a crucial but oft-neglected aspect of their daily discipleship. Animal advocates, Christian or otherwise, will find an indispensable resource for engaging religious audiences. And everyone will find a prophetic call to compassion and justice for all of God's creatures issued from some of the most influential voices in animal ethics and theology as well as from some of the field's most provocative newcomers."
--Matthew C. Halteman
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College

"Other recent books have made the case that our contemporary treatment of animals is both inhumane and unchristian; A Faith Embracing All Creatures does so in a refreshingly light-handed way. Its arguments are both morally serious and deeply theological, particularly because its authors pore carefully over important sections of biblical text. But the book is also extremely inviting as it opens to questions people are genuinely asking about how a commitment to moral vegetarianism (or related commitments) can make theological sense. . . . Furthermore, the concerns about the welfare of animals that the authors highlight in their theologizing turn out to be immensely fruitful. As they free us from customary presumptions, they teach us how to read and appreciate the biblical material in new ways."
--Dr. Charles R. Pinches
Professor and Chair, Department of Theology/Religious Studies, University of Scranton


"This collection of essays serves as an excellent introduction to issues concerning Christian attitudes toward, and treatment of, nonhuman animals. The essays draw on a wide range of sources in the tradition, so readers can easily find further avenues to explore. . . . A Faith Embracing All Creatures is an excellent resource for laypeople, church study groups, and even seminarians or college students who want an introduction to the variety of questions and responses Christians can pose about nonhuman animals."

--Laura Yordy,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Tripp York, PhD, teaches in the Department of Religion at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author and editor of more than half a dozen books including Third Way Allegiance, Living on Hope While Living in Babylon, and The Devil Wears Nada

Andy Alexis-Baker is a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics at Marquette University. He is coeditor of Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution by John Howard Yoder.
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Product Details

  • Series: Peaceable Kingdom (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (November 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610977017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610977012
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book written by scholars for nonspecialists. The authors are vegan or ethical vegetarian, and animal advocates. These are the best interpretations I have read yet (and I have read a lot) about verses that trouble animal activists and ethical vegetarians. Verses that offer a positive assessment of nonhuman animals are also discussed. The scholars are heavyweights and they rely largely on the results of generally accepted biblical criticism. I personally guarantee that you will walk away from this book thinking that it transcends others on this topic. This book will be of tremendous interest to animal lovers and advocates; and is a "must read" for Christians who do NOT believe that vegetarianism and animal advocacy are consistent with Christian faith - such a position is soundly refuted in these essays.

PLEASE NOTE - this is the second book in a series called Peaceable Kingdom; the first installment was called "A Faith Not Worth Fighting For" which makes a Christian case for nonviolence. The third installment, coming soon, will be called "A Faith Encompassing All of Creation."
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For a several years now I have been a convicted Christological pacifist. I have written and spoken publicly about what I call pacific activism, political action that addresses injustice as an expression of the kind of peacemaking that should be characteristic of anyone claiming to be a follower of the Prince of Peace. For different reasons, my wife became vegan. She challenged me that, by continuing to live carnivorously I was willingly contributing to systems of violence and to the oppression of God's good creation. In short, I was not taking my commitment to nonviolence far enough. Having already been deeply influenced by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, I suggested to my wife that we read "A Faith Embracing All Creatures" together. And I must say, few books have had the kind of direct impact on my everyday habits as this one. God has used this book to change my life--literally! Now, my commitment to peacemaking extends beyond just standing against injustices done to other humans. Now I see that real pacific activism must also involve what I eat, drink, wear, and buy.
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This remarkable collection of essays covers a wide range of questions commonly raised among people who are skeptical that Christian faith and tradition mandate an animal-friendly ethic. Each essay is thoughtful and thorough, taking objections to animal protectionism seriously and offering compelling reasons to conclude that, indeed, Christians should care for the nonhumans who coexist with us. For many ethical vegans and vegetarians, the argument is quite simple: we hardly ever need to harm nonhumans, and biblical values favor love, compassion, and caring. The contributors to this book delve deeper, offering skillful scholarship and detailed analysis of animal issues raised by the Bible and the day-to-day lives of faithful Christians.

The contents include What about Dominion in Genesis? What about the Covenant with Noah? What about Animal Sacrifice in the Hebrew Scriptures? Didn’t Jesus Eat Lamb? Didn’t Jesus Eat Fish? Does Christian Hospitality Require that We Eat Meat? Does ‘Made in the Image of God’ Mean Humans are More Special than Animals? and Can the Wolf Lie Down with the Lamb without Killing it?

I strongly recommend this book for those who seek greater insight and wisdom when it comes to Christianity and animal issues.
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This work expresses a number of different viewpoints on the welfare of animals in the Christian tradition.
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This book was perfect for me --- it examines Scripture, not opinion. I also appreciated that there are multiple contributors, meaning you aren't simply getting the pointed opinion of one author. This book has been a blessing in our new journey; so thankful to have found it!
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