By John Francis Pearring Jr. / Comments by John Sorensen
A Snarl Theology isn’t just a radical idea. It’s a mind-blowing expansion of God’s love.
The notion that all animals have relationships with God opens the windows to a backroom of empty shelves where much study needs to be done.
Since the species of beings given to us for our stewardship play little part in our spiritual discussions, the suggestion that animals might deserve a critical role in the theological arena adds yet another shock to our overloaded psyches.
A currently disregarded animal theology breaking into the ranks of science would be a hoot. Props to the owl.
Ultimately, scientists can’t ignore our caretaker role. They won’t make any progress or get anything done in either the environment or the wild animals they seek to preserve.
That’s probably too harsh. I see wondrous accomplishments in preservation and land restorations. They’re largely Godless, though.
A large number of people have written about how animals are treated by their mothers. Psychologists insist, rightly, that the emotional and behavior patterns of animal young under their parent’s charge closely mirror human parenting care. This is obvious, of course, and thus all the more reason to wonder about an animal’s relationship with God.
Animals, beings with various levels of sentient qualities, can combine memory and thoughts into acts. They are beyond the plants and fauna, as are we. We’re similarly earthen made as members of the animal kingdom, all barred from Paradise and banned to a survival-based universe. Another similarity? Animals didn’t get rescued in the fall of man and woman. They came with us.
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