Philosophy of Religion blog

Would God create non-human animals? I am not merely wondering why God would create animals. What I am wondering is that, if God exists, would God* really create animals?

At the very least, assuming that God would create animals, would they look like animals in the actual world?

So, we can easily imagine how non-human animals could be much more impressive than they actually are. For instance, God could have made animals to be much more like humans.

Setting aside the problem of whether humans are (relatively) impressive, the fact that animals don’t even have some of the capabilities that humans have is quite surprising on the hypothesis of classical theism. If animals had the capacity to reason just like humans, it’s quite obvious how this would be extrinsically beneficial (and intrinsically good on theism). God could have also made it the case that animals would communicate at the level of human…

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