Many commentators and users of the Bible have, over the centuries and up to the present day, used the Bible to argue that animals have no rights, that they were put on this earth for our use, and that we have no obligations to them.
In his cogent, honest, and fully researched and referenced work, The Dominion of Love, Norm Phelps attempts to encourage all who revere the Bible as holy scripture to open their hearts to the suffering that we inflict upon our nonhuman neighbors. He shows that the right of animals not to be imprisoned, harmed, and killed for our benefit flows naturally from the Bible’s message of love and compassion and argues that this is the message of the Bible’s most important passages dealing with our relationship to animals. He further responds to the defenses of animal exploitation that are often made based on the Bible.
Beautifully written, The Dominion of Love is an essential addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a compassionate and non-exploitative reading of Holy Scripture.
“Spiritual Outreach Director of the Fund for Animals in Washington, DC, Phelps here argues that the Bible’s messages of love and compassion can be applied to our relationship with animals. He negotiates this very tricky terrain with some skill, and while he concedes that his conclusions rely heavily on the notion of our ethical development since biblical times, his work still ought to satisfy the curiosity of the Christian and environmentally minded reader alike.”—Library Journal