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Sacrificial death?

The path to a sacrifice-free faith was much more fraught than is usually thought, with “competing culture-producers” offering different accounts of how Christianity related to animal sacrifice in Israel and among Gentiles. (Peter J. Leithart)

 

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Sacrificial death? (Peter J. Leithart)

Daniel Ullucci’s The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice helpfully complicates our picture of views on ancient sacrifice, both pre-Christian and Christian. He challenges the standard narrative that claims that Christians straightforwardly and pretty much immediately recognized Jesus’ death as a final sacrifice, and pretty much immediately...Read More »


Pope Francis says dogs go to heaven, sparking an animal rights debate (Robin Abcarian)

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Sacred Journeys weds new pilgrims to old paths (Kimberly Winston)

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Why the Animal Protection Movement Has Failed (Michael Mountain)

The paper…. “Denial of Death and the Relationship between Humans and Other Animals”, explores the psychology of how and why we humans feel compelled to treat our fellow animals as commodities and resources – and the whole natural world as our property. The reason lies...Read More »


Fat is a spiritual issue (again) (Douglas Todd)

In 2011, Northwestern University found that church-attending young adults are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than their non-religious peers…. For decades North American Christians didn’t want to talk about it, for fear of being seen as insensitive. But the once-stigmatized subject of obesity...Read More »


The Truth About Religion and Animals (Mary Eberstadt)

Religious concern for animals comes as a surprise only to readers unacquainted with religion—a number that’s increasing, as many surveys show. As many “nones” seem not to know, theological concern for animals is in fact longstanding, as the dietary rules of Judaism concerning slaughter are...Read More »


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