Orthodox Christianity

Compassion for Animals

Authored by: Kallistos Ware

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138592728
eBook ISBN: 9780429489846
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This paper considers the place of animals in Orthodox worship, the issue of animal souls, the nature of human dominion, and the long tradition of Orthodox saints who befriended animals and demonstrated compassion for animals. It is concluded that the Orthodox tradition endorses respect for animals as God’s creatures and compassionate treatment of them.

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