The first two decades of the twenty-first century have witnessed something of an “animal turn” in theology, extending the previous century’s various critical and constructive interdisciplinary dialogues with the sciences and humanities to exciting new areas such as cognitive ethology, posthumanism, and critical animal theory. Christian theologians have begun to engage the work of primatologists and ethologists, such as Frans de Waal, Marc Bekoff, and Jane Goodall; philosophers such as Peter Singer, Mary Midgley, and Carol Adams; posthumanist theorists like Cary Wolfe and Donna Haraway, and have begun reassessing their own resources of scripture and theological tradition to reassess the place of the human animal among God’s other creatures. This creaturely theology supplements a longstanding lack in traditional theological reflection concerning the place of nonhuman animals within the Christian vision of God’s creative, reconciliatory, and redemptive purposes.
Theological Animal is a (mostly) academic blog dedicated to exploring this “animal turn” from a Christian theological perspective that strives to underscore the creatureliness of the human animal (including those that do theology), and which therefore also emphasizes the too often neglected commonalities between human and nonhuman animals. In short, this is a blog dedicated to exploring the tradition of Christian thought anew through close examination of the various ways that tradition has tended to put together ideas about humans, other animals, and our place within the order of things.