The theological question about animals and the resurrection is an important one. It is a topic that has been wrestled with at different times in church history.
Among the pre-twentieth century voices who affirmed some kind of restoration to life for animals we find Irenaeus (c.130-202), Tertullian (c.160-225), John Bradford (1510-1555), Richard Overton (1599-1664), Thomas Draxe (died 1618), Matthew Henry (1662-1714), John Hildrop (1682-1756), Thomas Hodges (died 1688), Bishop Joseph Butler (1692-1752), John Wesley (1703-1791), Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778), Richard Dean (1726-1778), William Paley (1743-1805), Francis Orpen Morris (1810-1893), Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), and George MacDonald (1824-1905).
In light of this distinguished “hall of fame” of theologians, philosophers, clergy and Christian apologists, Joseph Hamilton (1877: x-xi) stated:
Some of the ablest apologists for the Christian religion, have in many instances mooted, and in others confidently advocated, the future life of animals.
In my opinion there has not been sufficient theological reflection on the cruciality of Christ’s resurrection as the theological lynchpin to build a theology around animals and redemption and resurrection. I am going to redress this imbalance in forthcoming books about animals and theology, and animals in church history.
From time-to-time I will also remark on the problem in individual blog-posts. So I recommend that you “follow” this blog to stay in touch on the subject.
Oh, and by the way, I have briefly hinted at animal resurrection in two of my previously co-written books:
The Cross Is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection Ross Clifford & Philip Johnson (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 55-56.
Joseph Hamilton (1877). Animal Futurity: A Plea For the Immortality of the Brutes (Belfast: C. Aitchison. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Edinburgh: John Menzies).