Bible insufficiently anthropomorphic, say animal rights campaigners

by Paul Sims

Noah: inclusive saviour of God’s creatures,
or just another speciesist shipbuilder?

While the Bible may be one of the bestselling books of all time, it has its fair share of critics, from followers of other religions, to atheists stunned by the sheer brutality of the Old Testament, to those with little interest in endless lists of who begat who.
Now a fresh group is getting in on the Bible bashing, with the animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggesting that Christianity’s holy text is "speciesist". Responding to news that the latest New International Version will use more gender-inclusive language, PETA vice president Bruce Friedrich, who is a Catholic, told CNN that the book will continue to use language discriminatory towards animals:

“When the Bible moves toward inclusively in one area … it wasn’t much of a stretch to suggest they move toward inclusively in this area. Language matters. Calling an animal ‘it’ denies them something. They are beloved by God. They glorify God. God’s covenant is with humans and animals. God cares about animals. I would think that’s a rather unanimous opinion among biblical scholars today, where that might not have been the case 200 years ago."

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