Conversation on Animal Welfare and Christian Ethics
The Center for Ethics hosted a Conversation on Animal Welfare and Christian Ethics on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. There were approximately 50 people present to discuss the recently released Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals written by Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention, Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Mark Rodgers of the Clapham Group. Our panel of speakers included Abby Skeans of the Clapham Group, Reasa Currier of the Humane Society of the US, Dr. Charles Arand of Concordia Theological Seminary and member of the HSUS Faith Advisory Council, and Dr. Jim Spiegel, professor of philosophy and ethics here at Taylor. The presentations by the panel explored the biblical theology of creation and how that impacts the way we care for animals as stewards of creation and referenced the history of Christian support for animal welfare, while recognizing that the place of human beings in creation is different than that of animals. There was a good discussion between those attending and the panel members following their presentations. If you are interested in the statement we were discussing it can be found at EveryLivingThing.com. Clicking the “sign the statement” button allows you to read the statement and then choose if you would like to sign it.