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Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Steven M. Studebaker
This thesis commends an understanding of animals as creatures of inherent value, based on the care which God has for them. In support of this understanding, this thesis first examines the history of animals in the Christian tradition suggesting a minor but consistent place for them. Next the nature of animals in Scripture is examined, and in addition to support for God's care for creatures, human dominion, the image of God, and the possession of a soul by animals are also examined. Following this the use of animals in Scripture is studied including food and sacrificial uses, involving discussion on the fallen way now allowed by God, and the high value of life. Finally eschatological images involving animals found in Genesis, Isaiah, and Revelation are examined and the possibility of animal salvation is examined. Based on the idea of animals as creatures of value, an ethical examination of factory farming is undertaken, and the practice is rejected due to the excessive harm it bears upon animals.
Hiuser, Kris, "To Kill A Mockingbird? : A Theology of Animals and a Christian Response" (2010). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5345.
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