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The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, HonDD, has been a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford for 28 years. He previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare — at Mansfield College, Oxford, and at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.
He is currently Visiting Professor 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, USA.
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 30 books and more than 100 articles. His work has been translated into many languages, including 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.
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.