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‘A redefining moment for how we should teach theology and live in the world with our animal-kin’ is one reviewer’s description of On Animals Volume II: Theological Ethics. It is the second volume in the series, which argues that Christian understanding of other animals has radical implications for their treatment by humans, with the human use and abuse of non-human animals for food being the most urgent immediate priority. The first book, Volume I: Systematic Theology has been described as ‘indisputably the most important and comprehensive theological treatment of animals to have appeared in any language at any time in the Christian tradition’.

To celebrate and promote the publication of the book, Professor Clough has been touring North America. From Vancouver in Canada, San Diego in the south west, to Virginia in the south east, he has been speaking at 20 universities (including Yale and Harvard), at seminaries and churches.

He said: “The response to the book and my lectures across a wide range of institutions has been enthusiastic and institutions are showing a willingness to engage with key practical responses. I’m encouraged to find that more and more Christians are recognizing the need to reduce consumption of animal products and move to higher welfare sourcing for faith-based reasons, and that my CreatureKind project is helping them to identify the next steps to take.”

On Animals Volume II: Theological Ethics surveys and assesses the use humans make of other animals for food, for clothing, for labour, as research subjects, for sport and entertainment, as pets or companions, and human impacts on wild animals. The result is both a state-of-the-art account of what humans are doing to other animals, and a persuasive argument that Christians in particular have strong faith-based reasons to acknowledge the significance of the issues raised and change their practice in response.

Among the reviewers of the book is Willie James Jennings, an American theologian and Associate Professor of Systemic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University.

He said: “David Clough's much anticipated new volume picks up where he left off in volume one, redefining the very nature of systematic theology, and giving us new eyes to see not only theology, but also God's world. No theologian writing today has a deeper or richer understanding of what it means to be a co-creature than Clough. He is our most able theological guide in thinking about animals, food, and the built environment and this text (along with Volume I) is a redefining moment for how we should teach theology and hopefully a redefining moment for how we should live in the world with our animal-kin.”   

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