The Place of Animals in the Purposes of God (Issue 38 – September 2011)

Editor: Dr. Rob Cook was grateful for the honour of delivering these public lectures on animal theology during my final year of teaching before retirement after over twenty years of service at Redcliffe College. Barth described theology as ‘taking rational trouble over the mystery’ and what serious fun this has been over the course of my career! The subject of these lectures marks the latest of my eclectic interests and expresses my long commitment to the interface between theology and science, philosophy and the arts. Being in a nostalgic mood, for my conversation partners I have chosen a mixture of personal friends and mentors from my early theological training days as well as specialists in the field. From my London Bible College years I invited responses from Dr. Richard Sturch who inspired me to pursue philosophy of religion for my Masters degree and beyond and also Prof. Tony Lane who encouraged me to be bold and creative in my theological thinking. I then asked Dr. Simon Steer who was both former Principal of Redcliffe and the one who pioneered our Redcliffe ecological MA module, The Greening of Mission. Mr. Dan Button, a sometime lecturer at Redcliffe was invited because he has had a long interest in science and theology and is about to complete a PhD in eschatology and the new earth. Redcliffe College is a collaborative partner of the University of Gloucestershire and so I asked a senior lecturer and friend of the College, Dr. Dee Carter to respond as well. Turning to the science specialists, a former student, Dr. Darren Evans who is now teaching at the University of Hull in conservation biology agreed to join in as did both Dr. Martin Hodson of the John Ray Initiative and Steve Hughes of A Rocha. I am grateful to them all and they have enriched my thinking. So I hope you, dear reader, will enjoy this issue and have your boundaries widened and your commitment deepened to God’s fecund creation. What awaits you is a transcript of my public lecture delivered at Redcliffe College on 19th October followed by a number of rejoinders and then finally my own surrejoinder and an extra little piece written by me on animal ethics.

Rob Cook
PhD, MTh, BA (Hons), BA (Hons) and  Head of Theology at Redcliffe College

Article 1The Place of Animals in the Purposes of God (Transcript)
(Dr. Rob Cook, 5077 words)PDF-:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 2Dan Button’s Rejoinder 
(Dan Button, 952 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 3Dr. Dee Carter’s Rejoinder 
(Dr. Dee Carter, 1235 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 4:  Darren Evans’ Rejoinder 
(Darren Evans, 537 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 5:  Dr. Martin Hodson’s Rejoinder 
(Dr. Martin Hodson, 988 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 6:  Steve Hughes’ Rejoinder 
(Steve Hughes, 357 wordsPDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 7:  Prof. Tony Lane’s Rejoinder
(Prof. Tony Lane, 103 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 8:  Dr. Simon Steer’s Rejoinder
(Dr. Simon Steer, 1158 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 9:  Rev. Dr. Richard Sturch’s Rejoinder
(Rev. Dr. Richard Sturch, 411 words)
PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 10:  Rob Cook’s Surrejoinder 
(Dr. Rob Cook, 1446 words)
PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 11:  The Philosophical Basis for Animal Ethics
(Dr. Rob Cook, 487 words)
PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 12:  The Philosophical Basis for Animal Ethics – Post Lecture Dialogues
(Dr. Rob Cook, 1967 words)
PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion

And finally, a single PDF of the whole issue. Ideal for using offline or to make printing easier.
Issue 38:  Single Document Version (in full) (pdf 737KB)

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