Christians are not averse, in principle, to the concept of nonhuman persons. We attribute personhood to the Trinity and to angels, clearly nonhuman beings. We recognize, however, the danger that lies in attempts to elevate animals to our moral equals in the face of glaring evidence they could never operate as such. These efforts ultimately reduce us all to an undifferentiated mess.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his article in volume 42, number 2 (2019), “Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons”. Normally, we don’t release print articles from last year online so quickly but due to the significance of topic we are making an exception.
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