The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics!

I just saw a notice for a public lecture entitled “The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics.”

I’m quite enjoying the ambiguity of this title.  Will it be a public lecture on

A. The challenge of ethical reflections on Christian animals (as opposed to non-Christian animals, I suppose),

B. The challenge facing Christian animals as they do ethics (analogous to Christian feminist ethics, Christian liberative ethics, etc), or

C. The challenge of Christian ethical reflection about animals?

I suppose, despite the lack of punctuation, the meaning is clear enough.  It will be a lecture on Christian ethical reflection about animals.

Alas!

That said, if I had a choice, I would, without any doubt, prefer to attend a lecture on the challenges Christian animals face as they do ethics.  For example, I would love to hear more about things like: “Must A Christian Animal Forgive The Predator That Ate My Brother?” “The Distinctively Christian Virtues That Make For A Good Doggie,” “Sexual Ethics in the Animal Kingdom,” “Breaking the Glass Ceiling for She-Wolves,” and “Is Chasing A Cat Consistent With Neighbor Love?”

Okay, which lecture would you like to attend?

 

11 thoughts on “The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics!

  1. That is the best laugh I’ve had in a bit! I am very interested in the cat/dog relationship dynamics in association with the command to Love Thy Neighbor and How to deal with animals deemed “unclean” in the OT and their transformation into NT covenantal relationship 🙂

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  2. I’d prefer the last named possibility. The visuals that would go with it would be entertaining, as would the finely drawn distinctions about the circumstances under which the dog must be allowed a head start, whether the use of a squirrel decoy changes the ethical issues, and so on. Never forget that the giant panda eats, shoots, and leaves.

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  3. Joe, I am convinced that should you offer any of the spurious lectures listed above they would be well attended. I’ve been to conferences (and conventions) in which hours have been devoted to equally “weighty and relevant” topics. Thanks for the really good chuckle. Hope all is well with both of you. Many blessings!

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  4. Could we get one on “Doggie Downers and Puppy Uppers”

    On Mon, Jun 3, 2019, 2:07 PM Amy and Joe Go to Africa wrote:

    > Joe Pagano posted: “I just saw a notice for a public lecture entitled “The > Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics.” I’m quite enjoying the ambiguity of > this title. Will it be a public lecture on A. The challenge of ethical > reflections on Christian animals (as opposed to non” >

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  5. I love this post. Something to think about, something to smile about and something to laugh out loud about. Thanks so much this. By the way, ‘Common Prayer’ was delivered to my mailbox a few days ago and I am zooming through it. It is terrific! Blessings to both of you.

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