The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity's Compassion for Animals

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Baylor University Press, 2010 - Nature - 227 pages
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Today we find ourselves in an anomaly in human history: many of our lives are empty of animals. Those of us who live in urban and suburban areas often have pets or watch documentaries on Animal Planet, but, for the most part, the lives of all the other species on our planet are invisible. Few of us really know how they live today, and, sadly, as Laura Hobgood-Oster reveals, many of them are not living very well at all.

Seeking to awaken Christians to the place and, too often, plight of animals in the twenty-first century, The Friends We Keep gently but astutely introduces the situations animals face today—as companions, as animals in sport, as animals raised for food, and as creatures in the wild—and simultaneously retells a myriad of often surprising and instructive stories from the long, rich history of Christianity. We see and experience animals as Christians have for generations—as beloved companions to the saints, as unfortunate prisoners in Roman arenas, as sentient and compassionate recipients and givers of hospitality, and as good and worthy beings created by God. Once upon a time, it seems—not too terribly long ago—animals held an important place in Christianity.

Could it be, then, that Christianity can be good news for animals today?

With a guide for group discussion and ideas for how people of faith can respond, this thoroughly engaging and enlightening book is essential for all who desire to live compassionately.

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Review: The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity's Compassion for Animals

User Review  - Ann Rothschild - Goodreads

This book, while well written was hard to read. This may have been because I expected more philosophical and hermeneutical information re: the relationship between people and animals vis a vie a faith practice, and less information about animal cruelty. Read full review

Review: The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity's Compassion for Animals

User Review  - Goodreads

This book, while well written was hard to read. This may have been because I expected more philosophical and hermeneutical information re: the relationship between people and animals vis a vie a faith practice, and less information about animal cruelty. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Laura Hobgood-Oster is Paden Chair and Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, Southwestern University. She is the author of The Friends We Keep . She lives in Georgetown, Texas.

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