Do dogs go to heaven? This link replays a funny debate that reflects something serious that Christians have been arguing about for centuries.
On CBC’s The Current, a neurologist asks the scientific equivalent of this question: how “human” are dogs? The interview is worth hearing:
In the interview, the neurologist remarks that scientists, without good scientific reason, frequently adopt an attitude that humans are inherently superior to other animals. He identified, with some justification, that this attitude was borrowed from Christianity.
Personally, I see this as a reflection of human arrogance, and the need we have to feel special. While scripture does contain examples of that “humans are extra-special” kind of thinking, it also contains clear evidence that God loves and cares for other animals, even demanding that we provide them with justice (eg: Deuteronomy 25:4). I do not find any part of scripture that decrees that humans have souls and that dogs, for example, do not.
I also wonder how God, who put so much effort into animals in this life, who loves them and who demands justice for them, could ban them from the next life?
What do you think?