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Living Together  Living Together  with Animals with Animals
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Introduction 4/21/98 Living with Animals 2 We interact with animals in many different ways pets food clothing zoos leather goods medicines, shampoos, etc. hunting
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Religious Traditions 4/21/98 Living with Animals 3 Christianity Buddhism and Hinduism Native American Traditions
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Christianity 4/21/98 Living with Animals 4 Two Traditions in Christianity: Human beings as dominating the earth Human beings as stewards of the earth
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Christianity: The Domination Tradition The natural world is seen only as instrumental to salvation 4/21/98 Living with Animals 5
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Christianity: The Stewardship Tradition St. Francis of Assisi symbolizes the tradition that sees human beings as stewards of creation, charged with the responsibility of protecting the natural world. 4/21/98 Living with Animals 6
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The Ontological Gap between Humans and Animals  in Christianity 4/21/98 Living with Animals 7 The Soul Human beings have immortal soul, animals don’t. Consequently, animals belong on a different ontological level than human beings, and the gap is unbridgeable. There is no matter of degree here: either human or not. The same way of thinking occurs in the abortion debate. The Incarnation Because of the incarnation, great ontological gap between human beings and all other natural beings because God became a human being (Jesus) and not any other kind of living being.
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Hinduism In Hinduism, Gods are often depicted in the form of animals —e.g., Ganesh, the Elephant God. Souls may transmigrate to animals. Consequently, if you mistreat an animal, you may be mistreating the soul of one of your ancestors. Sacred cows: 4/21/98 Living with Animals 8
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Buddhism Compassion and respect for life A consistent ethic of respect for life Reincarnation Human souls may be reborn as animals, thus the possibility of a much smaller gap between human and animal worlds 4/21/98 Living with Animals 9
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course BIOL 4486 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Kennesaw.

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