Redemption: Hope, Love and Restoration

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


Nonconformist discourse aimed not just to inform the reader, but to change lives; it intended to make us wiser and to touch our conscience. Its language of animals shares this literary trope. Christian people should emulate the God of love and mercy, should cultivate tender-heartedness, and look to the restoration of animals when redemption is complete. Kindness and justice towards animals are qualities of authentic ‘heart religion’. This soteriological and eschatological language opened a space to discuss animal souls and the presence of animals in heaven. This chapter sets out the discursive roots of a nonconformist vision of redemption, identifying three features: a radical language of compassion towards animals; an imperative for reform; and a distinctive hope that their campaigns would succeed.


Nonconformist Discourse Animal Soul restorationRestoration John CalvinCalvin creationCreation 
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  1. 1.Oxford Centre for Animal EthicsOxfordUK

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