- Tuesday, April 4, 2017
- 10:30 AM–9:00 PM
We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Animals and the Kingdom of God lecture series with a full day of events.
Abstract: The Bible contains quite a few passages that don't look very friendly to veganism. Rather than try to explain them way, perhaps we should lament that they're there. Drawing on Psalm 89, I make the case that lament is an important Christian response to the passages of Scripture that, at least on the face of it, don't encourage us to live into the peaceable kingdom.
In this paper I focus less on particular religions and more on this broadly religious approach to dietary regulations. I show how this approach might be developed into a response to a psychological problem that arises from our awareness of the vastness and insensitivity of contemporary food supply chains. If someone can have faith, or at least tenacious hope, that the significance of her individual food choices goes well beyond what is likely to be observed, then she will be less demoralized by the apparent causal inefficacy of those choices. I conclude by considering a way in which this broadly religious approach might be available in a secular context as well
Bob Fischer, Andrew Chignell
Lunch - 12:30-1:30 pm
Abstract: The day I realized that caring deeply about animals and following Jesus were intimately linked was one of the best days of my life. My book Vegangelical is about how being vegan has shaped and enriched my faith, and helped me to understand how I can better reflect the image of God to the whole world. I wrestled with a lot of questions along the way, and I hope I can help other wrestling people find answers as they travel their own journeys.
Sarah Withrow King, David Clough
Abstract: My presentation explores two big ideas: 1. Liberating ourselves from systemic and interpersonal oppression necessarily involves liberating other animal selves from human domination and instrumentalism. That is, what we do to other animals has implications for what we do to one another and we need to recognize that in order to work well against violence and harm and toward peace and justice. 2. Veganism is one of the ways to practice liberation for every body. That is, abstaining from using other animals for food, clothing, other merchandise, and entertainment is a means of resisting oppression of humans and other creatures alike. As veganism becomes more mainstream and is reduced to a dietary choice, its status as a political act and rebellious orientation is becoming more pacified.
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Candace Laughinghouse
Dinner 5:30-7:00 pm
Abstract: Should being Christian make a difference for what we eat? For Isaiah, the Messianic reign of God means peace between humans and (other) animals, and for the gospels, this reign or kingdom has already begun in Jesus Christ. This lecture asks what it might mean for Christians to eat peaceably.
Co-Chairs: Matt Halteman and Sarah Withrow King
Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series, CreatureKind, Calvin College Philosophy Department, Students for Compassionate Living