Free book “God’s Animals” for download here!

God’s Animals April 2018 (odt Apache Open Office file) God’s Animals April 2018 (word file) God’s Animals April 2018 (rtf rich text file) Click on that “God’s Animals April 2018” bold section above to read or save the book. There are no advertisements or photos or videos so the download should not take too long. Last year I promised to put the book on the website, but my agent had sent it to…

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Write or call your congressman

I do not often push political action here in such a direct way. My preference is to educate Christians about general principles of animal welfare and biblical kindness and let your own consciences reach conclusions about specific matters. However, there are times when I must point out important issues that have a serious time constraint, such as sneaky legislation that is drafted which may harm Christian principles of animal welfare…

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African Elephant Conservation discussed

African Elephant Conservation discussed November 18, 2017 This week we saw the Trump administration rule that Americans could hunt elephants for their tusks in Zimbabwe and Zambia and ship the trophies home. Happily, a few days later, the President postponed that rule for further “study.” I wrote the book War Elephants about fifteen years ago, and have read practically every book ever written in English on elephants. I am an…

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Jaws (the movie) & Christian Ethics on Sharks

  At work today I met a World War Two veteran of the US Navy who told me a story about a 25 foot Great White Shark his ship tried to catch near Guam. Of course I was reminded of the classic movie Jaws (1975). I went home and just finished watching the film for the umpteenth time. For this blog, I will touch on several interesting ethical aspects of…

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Thanksgiving for your pet

Thanksgiving II Samuel 12:1-4, “So the Lord sent Nathan to David. When Nathan arrived he said, ‘There were two men in the same city: one rich, one poor. The rich man had a lot of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing – just one ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised that lamb, and it grew up with him and his children. It would eat from…

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Animal Sacrifices in the Bible

The Old Testament system of animal sacrifices ended in 70 A.D. when the Roman army destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. The only major religions to continue practicing animal sacrifice are Islam and Hinduism. But because Christianity grew out of Judaism and the Old Testament, the modern church must wrestle with attacks on its Jewish heritage. One recent challenge to the Christian faith is from “animal-rightists” who attack the Old Testament…

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Polyfaces DVD review, Christian farming

Does God Care About Animals? Part Two

Does God Care About Animals? Part Two October 3, 2016 In Part One, posted in September, I showed the two main “negatives” used by Christians to claim that the Bible states (or implies) that God cares nothing about animals. There are a few more negative claims that I will address in the future. Today we will look at some positive reasons to believe that God cares about animals. Today is…

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Does God Care about Animals? Part One

We will first talk about the negatives: that is, the verses that skeptics claim prove that God does not care about animals. Muzzling the Ox I Corinthians 9:9-11, “For it is written in the Law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.’ Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt,…

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Meet John Kistler

I am John M. Kistler, age 48, living in southwestern Pennsylvania. The purpose of this page is to explain who I am, and why I created a website and organization to improve the lives of God's animals in our world.