The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible

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Lantern Books, 2002 - Nature - 205 pages
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Many commentators and users of the Bible have, over the centuries and up to the present day, used the Bible to argue that animals have no rights, that they were put on this earth for our use, and that we have no obligations to them.

In his cogent, honest, and fully researched and referenced work, The Dominion of Love, Norm Phelps attempts to encourage all who revere the Bible as holy scripture to open their hearts to the suffering that we inflict upon our nonhuman neighbors. He shows that the right of animals not to be imprisoned, harmed, and killed for our benefit flows naturally from the Bible's message of love and compassion and argues that this is the message of the Bible's most important passages dealing with our relationship to animals. He further responds to the defenses of animal exploitation that are often made based on the Bible.

Beautifully written, The Dominion of Love is an essential addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a compassionate and non-exploitative reading of Holy Scripture.


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Spiritual Outreach Director of the Fund for Animals in Washington, DC, Phelps here argues that the Bible's messages of love and compassion can be applied to our relationship with animals. He ... Read full review


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Kill All the Women and Children
Cruelty is Atheism
The Prime Directives
The Image and Likeness of God
All Gods Children Go to Heaven
The Suffering of the Living
Your Hands Are Covered with Blood
What Did Jesus Eat?
The Sparrow and the Lamb
The Gospel of Mercy
Does God Care about Oxen?
Eat Anything You Want
The Dominion of Love
Biblical Verses Relating to Human Treatment of Animals
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They Shall Be Yours for Food
Fish Stories

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About the author (2002)

Norm Phelps was the spiritual outreach director of The Fund for Animals, as well as a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV) and a contributing writer for Satya. His goal was for faith communities of all traditions to include animals within the scope of their compassionate ministries. Norm Phelps's books include The Dominion of Love, The Great Compassion and The Longest Struggle. Norm passed away in the end of 2014.

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