The farmer did not want to reduce chickens to something less than they are. But neither did he want make them into something more. They are chickens, and that is a sufficient reason to treat them with some dignity—chicken dignity.
(RNS) 'Being a vegetarian and being in a Muslim society is almost like it's contradictory,' said one young Muslim. 'And I'm still not exactly sure why.'
(RNS) Here are three reasons traditional Christians should carefully and prayerfully engage Singer’s work with an open mind.
(RNS) It is no longer possible to separate how we treat human beings from how we treat the whole of God’s creation.
Books and films on heaven and near-death experiences came under scrutiny in 2015. Theologian Scot McKnight says that the topic has become muddled with myths and extra-biblical notions.
(RNS) The New York Times was the biggest of several outlets relating an apocryphal tale about pets, paradise, and Pope Francis. Here's how, and why, it happened.
(RNS) You've heard of the scapegoat, right? Here's how it fits into the overlap of Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha and St. Francis of Assisi.
A Fulbright scholar contends that animal suffering and death presents a formidable challenge for Christian creationists and Biblical literalists.
Animals sacrifice for us. Why we can hope for a more peaceful world for them.
COPENHAGEN Denmark (RNS) The Danish government approved a measure earlier this month forbidding poultry and livestock to be killed without being stunned first. But Jewish and Muslim customs require animals to be conscious when killed.
Part of human longing for home--a longing that often looks a lot like faith--seems to include the hope that not just we, but our animals, too, will find a place beyond suffering, beyond fear, beyond death itself.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (RNS) All of the specimens at Torah Animal World died of natural causes, swears Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, and were not hunted in the wild: “Instead of turning them into a fur coat I use them for education.”
(RNS) Instead of going to the markets, Pakistani and Bangladeshi customers prefer websites that show photographs of live cows and goats for sacrifice.