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Christians views of the soul and attitudes towrds animals.

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´╗┐Soul A soul, in certain traditions, is the spiritual core of a person or living thing. Many truth-seeking and spiritual systems teach that humans are souls; some quality souls to all living things and even to inanimate objects (such as rivers); this belief is commonly called animism. The soul is often believed to exit the body and live on after a person?s death, and some religions imagine that God creates souls. The soul has often been considered to be important or essential to realization and personality. The Christian view of the soul is based upon the teaching of both the Old Testament and New Testament. ...read more.

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Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity."(6) "The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it ..."(7) In these sentences the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes it clear that there are two concepts which have been of central importance to the development of Christian teaching about human dignity: the concept of 'the image of God' and the concept of 'the person'. The image of God and human dignity: biblical, patristic and medieval development of the theme(8) Genesis 1: 26-27 and 5:1 teach that human beings were created in the image (tselem) and after the likeness (demuth) of God. ...read more.

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The traditional Christian view When early theologians looked at "nature red in tooth and claw" they concluded that it was a natural law of the universe that animals should be preyed on and eaten by others. This was reflected in their theology. Christian thinking downgraded animals for three main reasons: 1. God had created animals for the use of human beings and human beings were therefore entitled to use them in any way they want 2. Animals were distinctively inferior to human beings and were worth little if any moral consideration, because: 3. humans have souls and animals don't 4. humans have reason and animals don't 5. Christian thought was heavily humano-centric and only considered animals in relation to human beings, and not on their own terms Rachael Foster 11v ...read more.

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