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.
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?