The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


Animal heaven?

The Archbishop of York raised a controversial issue this week when he said experiments on primates and other apes were a matter of concern because they could have souls and could go to heaven.

"One of the long-term implications of the acceptance of evolution is that we all see life as a continuum, therefore there is no precise break between other animals and ourselves," he said.

Few conservative Christians own the idea of animals going to heaven, much less the implications Dr Habgood drew from evolutionary theory. But he had support from an unexpected source.

The Archdeacon of York, George Austin, who often disagrees with his Archbishop, said he agreed.

From The Church of England Newspaper dated 16th September, 1994.

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