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On God and DogsA Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals$
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Stephen H. Webb

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152296.001.0001

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Ecology versus the Peaceable Kingdom

Ecology versus the Peaceable Kingdom

(p.44) Chapter Two Ecology versus the Peaceable Kingdom
On God and Dogs

Stephen H. Webb

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at two other theological options—process thought and environmentalism—that connect our treatment of animals to the basic principles of ecological holism. It analyzes the limitations of each of these options, most notably, the way they encourage us to think about animals in terms of the economy of the whole rather than as individual gifts of intrinsic value. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the ecofeminist movement, which retrieves the intuitive and emotional side of our relationship to animals and thus opens the way to a more visceral interpretation of the self's relationship with others. It compares the feminist ethic of care with the philosophy of animal rights, which can be so determined to protect the otherness of animals and so careful to avoid the charge of sentimentalism that it consequently misses a valuable dimension of our relationship to animals.

Keywords:   process thought, environmentalism, ecological holism, ecofeminist movement, animal rights

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