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Professor David Clough gave a public lecture on 14th October, entitled 'Early Methodists and Other Animals: Animal Welfare as an Evangelical Issue'. This was part of the Chester Theological Society 2015-16 programme, the lecture was sponsored by the Fernley-Hartley Trust.

The lecture explores the contribution of John Wesley, other early Methodists, and other evangelicals to such initiatives. Prof. Clough argues that the collective amnesia about the history of Christian moral concern about animals has not served the animals or the churches well.

In an era in which the farming of animals has been dramatically intensified, he suggests that it is time for the churches to recall the plight of animals as a fundamental Christian concern.

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