Incarnation is God's Love Affair with ALL Fleshly Creatures. Go Vegan! By Rev. Prof. Andrew Linzey
Incarnation needs to be seen -- not as the Yes of God to human flesh (still less just to male flesh) but to ALL flesh. The incarnation of God is God's love affair with all fleshly creatures.... God experience the creation as it were from the inside, and sees and feels through all the creatures of the earth (Linzey 2007:14).
Ludwig Fuerbach famously argued that Christianity is nothing other than the self-aggrandizement, even the deification of the human species. To avoid this charge, theology needs to show how it can provide what it promises -- namely a truly Godward (rather than a simply anthropocentric) view of the world. Its obsession with human beings to the exclusion of all else betokens a deeply unbalanced doctrine of God the Creator. Animal theology can help save Christians from the idolatry of self-worship (Linzey 2007:15).
Editor: Dr. Chapman Chen
Linzey, Andrew (2007). Creatures of the Same God: explorations in animal theology. Winchester: The Winchester UP.
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, HonDD, has been a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford for 28 years. He previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare — at Mansfield College, Oxford, and at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.
He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, USA.
From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of Studies of the Centre for the Study of Theology in the University of Essex, and from 1992 to 1996, he was Special Professor in Theology at the University of Nottingham. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1996 to 2007, he was also Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.
Professor Linzey has written or edited 30 books and more than 100 articles. His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, French, Polish, Spanish, German, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese. He has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. In 2001, he was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his ‘unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures’. This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for theological work on animals. In 2006, he was placed on The Independent’s ‘Good List’ of 50 people who have changed Britain ‘for the better’. In 2010, he was awarded the Lord Erskine Award from the RSPCA for advancing animal welfare within the Christian community.