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AUC THEOLOGICA, Vol 13 No 1 (2023), 67–73

Revival of Ancient Questions: Current Developments in Theological Animal Ethics

Michael Rosenberger

published online: 20. 11. 2023


Since the middle of the 19th century, animal husbandry has been industrialised and subdued to economic efficiency to an unsurpassable degree. Animals as living beings and fellow creatures have largely fallen by the wayside. Whereas philosophical ethics has reflected this situation critically since the 1970s, theological ethics entered the debate only with a notable delay in the 2010s and was enormously fostered by the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015. The article discusses different theological approaches to animal ethics and links it with the origins of Christian animal ethics in the patristic era. Finally, it focuses attention on the most debated controversy in animal ethics, namely meat consumption, and argues for the postponing of this question in favour of progress in animal welfare.

keywords: Animal husbandry; Animal ethics; Animal welfare; Creatures; Anthropocentrism; Stoic philosophy; Meat consumption; Vegetarianism/veganism; Monasticism

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