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On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals

Stephen H. Webb


Many of us keep pet animals; we rely on them for companionship and unconditional love. For some people their closest relationships may be with their pets. In the wake of the animal rights movement, some ethicists have started to re-examine this relationship, and to question the rights of humans to “own” other sentient beings in this way. This book brings a Christian perspective to bear on the subject of our responsibility to animals, looked at through the lens of our relations with pets—especially dogs. The book argues that the emotional bond with companion animals should play a central role i ... More

Keywords: pets, companionship, unconditional love, animals, animal rights movement, Christian perspective, dogs, emotional bond, grace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen H. Webb, author
Wabash College
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