The Problem of Animal Pain Hardback

A Theodicy For All Creatures Great And Small

by Trent Dougherty;

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The Problem of Animal Pain

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The problem of evil constitutes the greatest challenge to rational belief in the existence of God. Animal suffering constitutes perhaps the most powerful version of the problem. Considerations that render human suffering theologically intelligible seem inapplicable to animals. It is commonly held that they do not have morally significant free will, they do not have immortal souls, and they do not have a direct relationship with God. In this book, Dougherty defends radical possibilities for animal afterlife that allow a soul-making theodicy to apply to animals. He defends that animals have souls, and materialist resurrection if they don't. He then proposes that animals will be deified, and given the expanded cognitive resources to understand and embrace their place in the scheme of salvation. Along the way we get tours of probability theory, four-dimensionalism, and chimpanzee behaviour. From the split-brain experiment to the relationship between mammalian and avian brains, this tour de force challenges conventional wisdom on the theology of animals.

The Problem of Animal Pain by Trent Dougherty was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2014. The ISBN for The Problem of Animal Pain is 9780230368484.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (July 2014)
Number of Pages212
Thickness18 mm
Height222 mm
Width144 mm
Product Code4275221
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