Visiting professor lectures on dignity of animals

first_imgFr. Denis Edwards, a professorial fellow in theology at Australian Catholic University, examined Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’, during a lecture Monday evening at Geddes Hall. In his talk, Edwards focused on the value the encyclical places on nonhuman creatures.In the past, Edwards said, it was largely believed that there should be “no ethical commitment to animals because they are there for human use.” Edwards said the encyclical contradicts this, since it places an inherent value on the life of an animal.“We must recognize that they have intrinsic value,” Edwards said. “They have value before God, their creator. They give glory to God by being what they are.”As a result, this makes our overconsumption of animals morally wrong, Edwards said.“Because of our human actions, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us,” he saidIn order to prevent further extinctions, Edwards said, we must stop viewing animals as solely a resource for humans to exploit.“See other creatures as having their own God-given meaning and value, and so as demanding respect, protection and love from human beings,” Edwards said.Further, Edwards said we should respect animal life because the natural world, which nonhuman creatures are a part of, can reveal God.“We are called to find God in all things, to be open to discover the divine presence in all the creatures we encounter,” Edwards said.Since every creature is a part of the natural world, every unique creature is vitally important to the appearance of God in the natural world, and must be treated as such.“The manifestation of God in the natural world requires a multitude of diverse creatures. … Divine goodness necessarily transcends the limit of any one creature, and the diversity represents the fullness of God,” Edwards said.Edwards explored the idea presented in the encyclical that both human and nonhuman creatures combine to form what the encyclical calls a “sublime communion.” In this context, Edwards said sublime refers to “what is totally beyond us, to what is full of mystery, to what is incomprehensible.”Because of this, Edwards said, the sublime communion supports the idea that “the mystery of Christ is at work in a hidden manner in the natural world.”As mysterious as this work is, it must relate to the coexistence and harmony of both humans and nonhumans in the natural world, he said.“This is the basis of our conviction that, as part of the universe, called into being by one father, all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect,” he said. Tags: Denis Edwards, laudato si’last_img read more

Floorball Association Holds Beginners Clinic

first_imgAccording to her, “the association decided to first equip and train the trainers who will then move into the grassroots level to spread their tentacles for the gospel of their talent hunt developmental programme.“Our mission is to groom the coaches through what we call train the trainers and thereafter, the coaches will then move into the grassroots for the talent hunt and catch them young developmental event,” she remarked.Mmaduka promised that the federation will use floorball to create the needed empowerment for Nigerians including the youths of this nation through laudable projects and advice parents to always allow their children to practice the sports which will make them better sportsmen and women tomorrowShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Floorball Association (NFA), under the auspices of the International Floorball Federation (IFA), has concluded plans to hold its first programme which is the beginners clinic on November 4 and 5, 2017 at the conference hall of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), in Lagos.President of NFA, Ms Edith Chinenye Mmaduka explained thursday that a total of 100 participants drawn from across the country will pitch up for the two-day exercise which has Mr. Petteri Bergius as the course facilitator.Excited that the course is eventually holding before the end of the year, Mmaduka said that would enable the association to kick start its programme of activities on a full scale.last_img read more