On Animals Volume II: The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics

Speaker(s): Matthew Humphrey, David Clough
Date: Winter 2019
Length: 1h12m
Product ID: RGDL4902D

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Regent College, in partnership with A Rocha Canada, hosted an evening lecture with theological ethicist Dr. David Clough. In this lecture, David Clough introduces the second volume of his landmark work On Animals. Building on the theology of animals developed in Volume I, the book challenges Christians to recognize serious faith-based reasons to rethink their practice in relation to other animals, especially in relation to our use of them for food.

'On Animals I and II together represent the most significant Christian theological and ethical treatment of animals in the history of Christian ethics as an academic discipline. David Clough's devastating analysis of the systematic human mistreatment of animals, especially in the food industry, will have a revolutionary impact, not just on an academic field but on lived Christian behavioru2014including my own. Every so often a book is produced that sets the standard for all other work in a field. This is one of those books." David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University President, American Academy of Religion.

The lecture was followed by response from Matthew Humphrey.

This event is made possible in part through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Opinions expressed at this event are those of the lecturer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Templeton Foundation, these lectures are available free of charge until August 2019.

See All Audio by Matthew Humphrey David Clough

Matthew W. Humphrey is the Associate Director of A Rocha Canada. Alongside overseeing various experiments in sustainable agriculture, Humphrey teaches in churches, colleges, and community settings on integrating the life of faith with the practices of caring for creation.

David Clough is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, UK. He studied at Cambridge and Oxford universities, before completing a PhD at Yale, published as Ethics in Crisis: Interpreting Barth's Ethics (Ashgate, 2005). After setting out an account of Christian pacifism in a 21st century context in Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War (Georgetown UP, 2007), co-written with Brian Stiltner, he has focussed on the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. He is now completing the two-volume monograph On Animals (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury). Volume I, Systematic Theology, was published in 2012 was reviewed as 'indisputably the most important and comprehensive theological treatment of animals to have appeared in any language at any time in the Christian tradition'. Volume II (forthcoming 2018) discusses the ethics of the Christian use of animals in a wide variety of contexts. David is President of the UK Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, co-chair of the Animals and Religion group of the AAR, a Methodist lay preacher, and founder of the CreatureKind Project (http://becreaturekind.org), which works to engage churches and Christian institutions with farmed animal welfare as a faith issue.

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