for Religious News Services on Nov. 3, 2011
Oxford animal theologian Professor Andrew Linzey has been awarded a top university honour for his pioneering work around the world.
The University of Winchester is to recognise Professor Linzey with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his work in animal theology in a graduation ceremony on 9 November.
Professor Linzey, who is Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, said: "I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who are in the forefront of pioneering this subject internationally."
"Animal ethics is now an emerging discipline with scores of university courses world-wide, and this is a tremendous boost to those working in this field."
"Animal ethics explores the challenges that new thinking poses, both conceptually and practically, to traditional understandings of human-animal relations."
Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor commented: "At Winchester we value and celebrate those who champion the voiceless and challenge the dominant paradigms. We shall honour one of the animals' most thoughtful and passionate champions, someone who I believe will be remembered as one of the most pioneering and influential theologians of his day."
Professor Linzey was made an Honorary Professor of the University of Winchester in 2007, and in the same year his book Creatures of the Same God was the first to be published by Winchester University Press. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics published by the University of Illinois Press.
"Winchester has one of the most progressive departments of theology in the country, and I am delighted to be associated with it," said Professor Linzey.
The University of Winchester graduation ceremony will take place at Winchester Cathedral on Wednesday 9 November.
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, founded in 2006 by its director Professor Andrew Linzey, is an independent Centre with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching and publication. The Centre has more than 50 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. For more information, see