Innovation and Religious Discourses

  • Philip J. SampsonEmail author
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


A corrective is proposed to the consensus narrative that animal friendly values emerged when Christian ‘dominion thought’ was displaced by modern attitudes. The late twentieth century saw a revival of interest in the influence of religious language on the growth of contemporary environmentalism. Rather than the Enlightenment, Protestant sources were found to have played a key role. This raises the possibility that religious language may have played a similar part in the growth of animal advocacy. This chapter finds substantial evidence for such a possibility in English nonconformity. The nonconformist conscience shaped a novel way of talking about animals, and framed new modes of social and political action such as welfare societies and legislative reform.


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  1. 1.Oxford Centre for Animal EthicsOxfordUK

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