A Communion of Subjects

A Communion of Subjects

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A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into the relationship between human beings and animals, and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live.Overall, this essay highlights the wide scope that animals have traditionally played in human religiousness. ... I argue that it is important when addressing religious views of nonhuman animals to take the following considerations into account:anbsp;...

Title:A Communion of Subjects
Author:Paul Waldau, Kimberley Patton
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2006-12-18


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