Animals in Theology (Bibliography)

I’ve begun compiling a list of books and articles on animals in Christian theology. I’ve decided not to include books that attempt major “reconstructions” of what Christians have historically believed about the most central elements of the Christian theological tradition (so, for instance, I have deliberately excluded works like Charles Vaclavik’sThe Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, which tries to argue that Jesus was an “essene” who taught and practiced an ethical vegetarianism). Most of the works listed are sympathetic to the cause of extending ethical consideration to animals, and seek to do so on theological grounds. There are, however, a few works (e.g., those by Stephen Vantassel) that argue against such a project and seek to vindicate an “anthropocentric” view of creation. I’ve included books in the latter category only to the extent that they seriously engage with major works in “animal theology”. If you happen to know of any books or articles that should be included here, please feel free to post it in the comments page and I will add it. Cheers!



Clough, David. On Animals: Systematic Theology. 1. New York: T&T Clark, 2012. 240.

Deane-Drummond, Celia and David Clough, ed. Creaturely Theology: Gods, Humans, and Other Animals. London: SCM Press, 2009. 288.

Hyland, J.R. God’s Covenant with Animals: A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of all Creatures. New York: Lantern Books, 2000.

Kaufman, Stephen R., and Nathan Braun. Good News for All Creation. Clevland OH: Vegetarian Advocates, 2004.

Linzey, Andrew. Animal Gospel. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2000.

Linzey, Andrew. Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2001.

Linzey, Andrew. Animal Theology. London: SCM, 1994.

Linzey, Andrew. Creatures of the Same God. NY: Lantern Books, 2009. 9-19.

Linzey, Andrew. Christianity and the Rights of Animals. New York: Crossroad, 1987.

Linzey, Andrew. Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology and Practical Ethics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009.

Young, Richard A. Is God a Vegetarian?: Christianity, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights. Chicago: Open Court, 1999.

Webb, Stephen H. Good Eating. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. 2001.

Vantassel, Stephen. Dominion over Wildlife?: An Environmental Theology of Human-wildlife Relations. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock Pub., 2009.


Barclay, Oliver. “Animal Rights: A Critique.” Science and Christian Belief 4.1 (1992): 49-61. Print.

Clough, David. “All God’s Creatures: Reading Genesis on Human and Non-human Animals.” Reading Genesis After Darwin. Ed. Stephen C. Baron and David Wilkinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009. 145-162. Web.

Clough, David. “Vegetarianism”, New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. Ed. Jack Campbell, and Gavin J. McGrath. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press. 2006. 740-41.

Clough, David. “Why do Some People Eat Meat?” Epworth Review. 32.2 (2005): 32-40. Web. 12 Oct. 2011.

Largen, Kristen Johnston. “A Christian Rationale for Vegetarianism.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology. 48.2 (2009): 147-157. Web. 11 Oct. 2011

Linzey, Andrew. “Animal Rights: A Reply to Barclay.” Science and Christian Belief. 5.1(1993): 47-51. Print.

Morris, Michael. “How Should Christians Treat Animals?” Stimulus. 15.4 (2007): 59-65. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.

Palmer, Clare. “Animals in Christian Ethics: Developing a Relational Approach.” Ecotheology 7.2 (2003): 163-185. Print.

Preece, Rod, and David Frasier. “The Status of Animals in Biblical and Christian Thought: A Study in Colliding Values.” Society & Animals 8.3 (2000): 245- … . Print.

Ramirez, Jesse. “Faith Seeking Food: Animals, Factory Farms, and Catholic Social Teaching.” Santa Clara University: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. 2010. Web. 10 Oct. 2011.

Vantaseel, Stephen. “A Biblical View of Animals: A Critical Response to the Theology of Andrew Linzey.” EmmausJournal 12 (2003): 177-195. Web. 10 Oct 2011.

  1. December 5, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Why are “Animal Theology” and “Animal Gospel” by Linzey not on this list?! Sidenote: I love that you are making this list and I can’t wait to own and read all these books!

    • Allen G. Anderson
      December 6, 2011 at 1:56 am

      Right. I will remedy that immediately. Sometimes it’s the most obvious things that are the easiest to forget. …It’s been taken care of. Thanks!

  2. November 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    See what you think of Richard Bauckham’s “Living with Other Creatures.” It’s mostly a collection of his previously published articles, but he weaves them together to create an animal theology.

    • Allen G. Anderson
      December 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion Marilyn! I’m familiar with Backham (through his contribution to the “Animals on the Agenda” anthology edited by Linzey). I haven’t heard of “living with Other Creatures”. I will definitely check it out.

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