Director

andrew linzey photoThe Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DDHonDD, is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is also Professor of Animal Theology at the University of Winchester, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana.

Professor Linzey previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare — at Mansfield College, Oxford (1992-2000), and subsequently at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford (2000-2006). From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of Studies of the Centre for the Study of Theology in the University of Essex, and from 1992 to 1996, he was Special Professor in Theology at the University of Nottingham. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1996 to 2007, he was also Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Linzey has written or edited 20 books and more than 100 articles. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Polish, Spanish, German, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese. He has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. In 2001, he was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his ‘unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures’. This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for theological work on animals. In 2006, he was placed on The Independent’s ‘Good List’ of 50 people who have changed Britain ‘for the better’. In 2010, he was awarded the Lord Erskine Award from the RSPCA for advancing animal welfare within the Christian community.

book cover - Animal Rights: A Christian Assessment
Animal Rights: A Christian Assessment

London: SCM Press, 1976.

The first modern work on the status of animals from a Christian standpoint. Critiques the traditional criteria for rights (personhood, rationality, soul possession) as inadequate and proposes sentiency as an alternative criterion.


book cover - Christianity and the Rights of Animals
Christianity and the Rights of Animals

London: SPCK, 1987

The first systematic attempt to relate the notion of animal rights to biblical insights and to provide a theological grounding for the rights of the creature.


book cover - Christianity and the Rights of Animals
Christianity and the Rights of Animals

US edition: New York: Crossroad, 1988.


book cover - Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings
Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings

Co-edited with Tom Regan. London: SPCK, 1988. US edition: New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1988.

The first anthology of Christian texts on animals, with extracts from partisans on both sides of the debate, including Aquinas, Augustine, Bonaventure, Irenaeus, Descartes, Thomas More, Calvin, Tolstoy, Wesley, Schweitzer, and Barth.


book cover - Song of Creation
Song of Creation

Co-edited with Tom Regan. London: Marshall Pickering/HarperCollins, 1988.

A collection of some of the finest poetry celebrating animals, including pieces from Blake, Clare, Cooper, Donne, Emerson, Hardy, Longfellow, Pope, Shelley and Vaughan.


book cover - Compassion for Animals
Compassion for Animals

Co-edited with Tom Regan. London: SPCK, 1988. US edition: New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1989.

A collection of readings and prayers for use by churches and individuals.


book cover - Political Theory and Animal Rights
Political Theory and Animal Rights

Co-edited with Paul Barry Clarke. London and Winchester: Pluto Press, 1990. German edition: Guthmann-Peterson, 1997.

A collection of more than 50 extracts showing how thought about animals, and our duties toward them, has been a concern of philosophers, political theorists and theologians as diverse as Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Kropotkin, Mill, Marx and Schweitzer.


book cover - Animal Theology
Animal Theology

London: SCM Press, 1994. US edition: Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995. Spanish edition: Barcelona: Herder, 1996. Italian edition: Toriono: Edizione Cosmopolis, 1998. Japanese edition: Tokyo: Kyobunkan Publishing, 2001.

The most comprehensive treatment of the status of animals from a theological perspective. Argues, inter alia, that human dominion over animals ‘needs to take as its model the Christ-given paradigm of lordship manifest in service’.


book cover - Animal Theology
Animal Theology

French edition. Paris: One Voice, 2010


book cover - Animal Theology
Animal Theology

Polish edition. Cracow: Wydawnictwo Wam, 2010


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Animal Theology

Croatian edition. Stubicke Toplice: Edukacijski centar NOVA, 2013


book cover - Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society
Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society

Co-edited with Paul Barry Clarke. London and New York: Routledge, 1995.

Comprises 10 entries on practical animal ethics by Andrew Linzey.


book cover - After Noah: Animals and the Liberation of Theology
After Noah: Animals and the Liberation of Theology

with Dan Cohn-Sherbok London: Mowbray, now Continuum, 1997.

A study of Jewish and Christian teaching about animals, which shows the resources within both traditions for a positive understanding of animals.


book cover - Animals on the Agenda: Questions about Animals for Theology and Ethics
Animals on the Agenda: Questions about Animals for Theology and Ethics

Co-edited with Dorothy Yamamoto. London: SCM Press, 1998. US edition: Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

A collection of original studies on animals with contributions by Richard Bauckham, J. W. Rogerson, Stephen R. L. Clark, John B. Cobb Jr., J. B. McDaniel and others.


book cover - Animal Gospel: Christian Faith as if Animals Mattered
Animal Gospel: Christian Faith as if Animals Mattered

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1999.

An evangelical sequel to Animal Theology, which argues, inter alia, that there is something Christ-like about the innocent suffering of animals which should compel a response of Christ-like generosity.


book cover - Animal Gospel: Christian Faith as if Animals Mattered
Animal Gospel: Christian Faith as if Animals Mattered

US revised edition: Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.


book cover - Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care
Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care

London: SCM Press, 1999.

Fourteen new liturgies, including services celebrating animal companionship, services for animal welfare, healing liturgies, new eucharistic prayers ‘for the whole creation’, and animal burial services to enable Christian communities to celebrate animals as God’s creatures and our relationship with them.


book cover - Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care
Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care

US edition: Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2001.


book cover - Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology book
Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology book

Co-edited with Paul Barry Clarke. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

A reprint of Political Theory and Animal Rights together with Andrew Linzey’s new Preface, ‘Beyond Caricature’.


book cover - Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings
Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings

Reissued by Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock 2007.


book cover - Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology
Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology

Winchester: Winchester University Press, 2007.

Updates and builds upon the work produced in the area of animal theology over the past two decades, including essays on ‘Towards a Prophetic Church for Animals’, ‘Religion and Sensitivity to Animal Suffering’, ‘Theology as if Animals Mattered’, ‘Jesus and Animals: A Different Perspective’, and ‘Animals and Vegetarianism in Early Chinese Christianity’.


book cover - Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology
Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology

US edition published by Lantern Books New York, 2009.


book cover - Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology and Practical Ethics
Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology and Practical Ethics

New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

Linzey shows that many of the justifications for inflicting animal suffering in fact provide grounds for protecting them. Because animals, the argument goes, lack reason or souls or language, harming them is not an offence. Linzey suggests that just the opposite is true, that the inability of animals to give or withhold consent, their inability to represent their interests, their moral innocence, and their relative defencelessness all compel us not to harm them. Linzey pioneers a new theory about why animal suffering matters, maintaining that sentient animals, like children, should be accorded a special moral status.


book cover - The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

Brighton, UK, and Portland, USA: Sussex Academic Press, 2009

The most up to date, authoritative, and comprehensive volume on the link between animal abuse and human violence, with 28 contributors, including: Frank R. Ascione, Marie Louise Petersen, David P. Farrington, Eleonora Gullone, Sabrina Tonutti, Clifton P. Flynn, Christina Risley-Curtiss, Mark H. Bernstein, Mark Rowlands, Joan E. Schaffner, Dawn Hawksworth, Thomas I. White, and Priscilla Cohn.


book cover - The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

French Edition. Paris: One Voice, 2012


book cover - Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature
Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature

Edited by Andrew Linzey and Tom Regan. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2010

Designed as a course textbook, it is the world’s first anthology designed to employ the power of fiction to illuminate our moral relationship with animals.


book cover - The Global Guide to Animal Protection
The Global Guide to Animal Protection

Edited by Andrew Linzey. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2013

More than 180 introductory articles on the state of animal protection worldwide.


A selection of articles by Professor Linzey on animals

‘Is Anthropocentricity Christian?’ Theology, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 697, January 1981, 17-21.

‘The Servant Species: Humanity as Priesthood’, Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics, Vol. 6, No. 3, Summer, 1991,109-120.

'The Moral Priority of the Weak: The Theological Basis of Animal Liberation’ in The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Animals, University of Edinburgh: Centre for Theology and Public Issues, 1991, 25-42.

‘Moral Dreams and Practical Realities’, Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics, Vol. 7, No. 2, Spring, 1991, 81-89.

‘The Case Against the Christian Hunter’, The Epworth Review, Vol. 20, No. 20, May 1991, 22-30.

‘Created Not Invented: A Theological Critique of Patenting Animals’, Crucible, April-June, 1993, 60-67.

‘Animal Rights: A Reply to Oliver Barclay’, Science and Christian Belief, Vol. 76, No. 10, October, 1993,15-17.

‘The Bible and Killing for Food’, Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics, Winter 1993, Vol. 7, No. 8, 1-8.

‘Liberation Theology and the Oppression of Animals’, Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 46, Part 4, 1993, 507-525.

‘Animals and the Churches: A Case of Theological Neglect’ (Guest Editorial), Reviews in Religion and Theology, No. 3/95, Summer, 1995, 3-7.

‘A Gospel for Every Creature’, The Expository Times, Vol. 107, No. 2, November 1995, 47-48.

‘Ethical and Theological Objections to Animal Cloning’, Bulletin of Medical Ethics, No. 131, September, 1997, 18-22.

‘C. S. Lewis’s Theology of Animals’, Anglican Theological Review, Vol. LXXX, No. 1, Winter, 1998, 60-81.

‘Unfinished Creation: The Moral and Theological Significance of the Fall’, Ecotheology, No. 4, January, 1998, 20-26.

‘Bioethics: Making Animals Matter’, Biologist, Vol. 45, No. 5, 1998, 209-211 (with Jacky Turner).

‘Making Peace with Creation’, The Expository Times, Vol. 110, No. 9, June, 1999, 283-284;

‘The Ethics of Hunting’, requested submission to the Public Hearings on Hunting with Dogs, Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2002, pp. 1-21. http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/pdfs/hunting/hh_2a_linzey.pdf

‘The Ethical Case Against Fur Farming’ [summary], Environmental Values, Vol. 12, No. 3, August 2003, 269-70.

‘The Powers That Be: Mechanisms that Prevent us Recognising Animal Sentience’ in Essays in Philosophy: A Biannual Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, June, 2004; see http://www.humboldt.edu/~essays/linzey.html.

‘Religious Vision and Sensitivity to Animal Suffering’, Interreligious Insight, Vol. 2, No. 4, October, 2004, 46-53.

‘The Divine Worth of Other Creatures: A Response to Reviews of Animal Theology’, Review & Expositor, Vol. 102, No. 1, Winter 2005, 111-124.

‘Respect for Life in Early Chinese Christianity’, Madang (International Journal of Contextual Theology in East Asia), Vol. 4, December 2005, 91-101.

‘Animal Theology – or theology as if animals really mattered’, Dialogue, Issue 26, April 2006, 3-9.

‘An Ethical Critique of the Canadian Seal Hunt and an Examination of the Case for Import Controls on Seal Products’, Journal of Animal Law, Vol. II, 2006, 87-119.