Why Christians Cannot Support Animal Rights

I am constantly amazed by the number of self-professed Christians who consider themselves supporters of animal rights. They cite the same tired arguments about how God watches the sparrows as proof that God cares (in an emotive sense)  for each and every animal as individuals.  I will address their abuse and twisting of scripture in future posts. But let’s just say for the time being, that the God that supposedly wants us to run myriads of animal shelters was the same God that killed untold millions of “innocent” animals in Noah’s flood.

Wouldn’t it have been better for God to just have created a virus that only killed humans, the one’s who sinned in the first place? But I digress.

I have written an article that briefly addresses various reasons why Christians cannot support animal rights. The reasons stem from Scripture and from environmental science. In short, I contend that supporters of animal rights are by definition anti-environmentalists. If the opposite of love is apathy (not hate) then the opposite of environmentally destructive environmentalism is apathetic animal rights activism.

You can read my article at Why Christians and Environmentalists Cannot Support Animal Rights by Stephen Vantassel

Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock 2009)
Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock 2009)

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