Category: Animal Studies
Go Forth, New Grasshoppers!
As it happened, on a rather glorious day a young man was tending to his garden and enjoying the radiance of creatures he encountered, both great and small. Suddenly two young grasshoppers appeared to him upon a divine mirror of Creation. They bore such a splendid emerald green-gold color. Though not the most pleasant looking…
The Dog, Butterfly, and Owl
One day, as Dog was walking around his big green yard, a Butterfly landed on his nose. Dog squinted. “Hello friend,” Dog said. “How are you today?” Butterfly fluttered her wings nervously. “Hello. I am not feeling so well today. My friends and I must travel a great distance and we fear the Great Owl…
A Theology for the Homeless (from a Philosophy for Dogs)
In graduate school, I wrote a master’s philosophy thesis on the concept of animal souls, ethics, psychology, and other related things. One of the most outstanding things I discovered during the writing process is that many philosophical and theological authorities attest to psychological continuity between humans and non-human animals. (Yes, even Aquinas! [i]). Basically, what…