Change in plans; and ask an animal question!

I learned today that a couple of publishers are still looking at the book God’s Animals. That means a change in plans. So it is only fair and prudent to give them some more time. Perhaps God’s Animals can find a good publisher with marketing and editing, the traditional way… My apology for “jumping the gun.” Self-publishing, online, is still an option, if that seems clearly to be the best…

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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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Balaam’s Donkey and Animal Minds

Balaam’s Donkey and Animal Minds August 10, 2016 Numbers 22:21-35, “So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab. Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him. Now the donkey saw the Angel…

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Animal Agriculture: Harm Farm or Grace Place?

Animal agriculture, or meat production, is the largest institutional system of cruelty in history, in its current form. Until a hundred years ago, animals were treated with a modicum of Christian virtue in the United States. When clever fellows figured out how to produce cars swiftly on an assembly line, other clever fellows figured out how to set up animal DIS-assembly lines. Once the animals came to be seen as…

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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.