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Since so many animals function as food, entertainment, and research specimens for humanity, how does their sacrificial role impact God’s mercy upon their deaths? Are they just fodder for taste buds and medical experiments? I found no theology on the animal kingdom beyond sentimentality and “fallen world” collateral. Thus began an adventure into their lives as they live them. I wrote Snarl.
Spiritually, animals might experience holy submission to God because they are bound up in hope. They do yearn, to no longer be eaten, to no longer kill in order to survive. Any study of animals finds that they enjoy each other when their stomachs are full. Violence comes from being wary and predatory, not from being satisfied. Happy creatures run in circles like newborns when they get simple things, like a drink of water. When given the choice, semi-to-fully sentient creatures would grasp the opportunity to choose life in Paradise among, right? Can that, in fact, happen for animals? I’m prone to think it does.
I want to elevate the importance of the animal kingdom since we are fashioned from its formation and mark the final creatures that God added to creation. Our dominion over the animals cannot be dismissed, only avoided. We’re expected by all of science to take charge, even as it may claim we are the most dangerous member of the animal kingdom, with the erroneous plan to eliminate us from existence. Those are not compatible calculations, which I hope the reader agrees is difficult to deal with but understandably assigned to us by God.
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