and now includes A Snarl Theology,
released Jan 23, 2023.
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A proposed study of God for the animal kingdom, and companion manuscript to Snarl
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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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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