Samedi 9 octobre 2021, 9h- 17h30 Centre Sèvres, Paris
Scientific research into the sensitivity and intelligence of animals and actions to promote animal welfare raise many questions and emotions. What place should animals have in our Western societies? While the philosophical and legal debate is well under way, religions seem to be far removed from these concerns. Three days of colloquium scheduled for Saturday 29 May, Saturday 9 October and Saturday 27 November 2021 will seek to advance Christian theological reflection concerning the animal question.
9:15 – 9:30: Presentation of the conference
9:30 – 10:30 am :
Animal subjectivity in the light of neuroscience and ethology
P. Eric Charmetant SJ
Professor of philosophy (Centre Sèvres – Jesuit Faculties of Paris)
10:30 am – 11:30 am
The animal unconscious. Towards a psychology of depths
Philosopher, research director at INRAE, assigned to the Husserl Archives (ENS-CNRS-PSL)
11.45 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.
“We will all go to heaven… all the sheep and all the bandits… and even the dogs and even the sharks. Does the Bible confirm Michel Polnareff’s words?
Professor Emeritus (Faculty of Theology and RSCS Institute, Catholic University of Louvain)
Break – lunch
Saving the Animal: Nonhumans in Catholic Theology, Past and Future.
Dr Carmody Grey
Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology, Department of Theology and Religion, (University of Durham, UK)
Animal Salvation in Modern Protestant Theology (*)
Professor of Theological Ethics (University of Chester, UK)
15:30- 15:45 -Pause
Man, animals and their possible salvation in an orthodox approach
Librarian (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), Doctor of Theology (Antonianum, Rome) and specialist in Orthodox theology of creation
16h30 – 17h15 Animals: what salvation, what resurrection?
Round table with Jean Gaillard (NDTP) and the afternoon speakers
17.15 – 17.30 Conclusion/synthesis colloquium 2 -Benoît Calmels
(* ) Simultaneous translation available in in person and remote sessions
Traditionally, Christian theology has made little room for animals, often reduced to their usefulness to human beings. Although Christian figures have testified to other relationships with animals, their voices have been little heard. For the past 50 years, animal rights activists, ethologists, philosophers, and even some theologians have taken a different view of animals. This conference will present the state of this research.
The morning will be devoted to research on animal subjectivity and even its unconscious, from a perspective linking ethology and philosophy. Then, we will see how biblical studies allow or not a new view of animals, based on texts that are often unknown.
In the afternoon, European Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologians will review research in animal theology over the past 50 years to develop a different conception of the place of animals in God’s plan and the economy of salvation.