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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The book God’s Animals is finally 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” piece above to read or save the book. Last year I promised to put the book on the website, but my agent had sent it to more publishers and so I gave them a year to look at it. Now I see that…

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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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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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Celebrating Freedom by Rest (for animals and us)!

Over this Fourth of July weekend, many of us in the United States will be celebrating the independence of the United States of America. Holidays mean fun and rest. My favorite holidays are the ones when I don’t have to work, and where there is good food. I suspect that is why “tailgating” parties are great: they are just spontaneous holidays. It has been 18 months since I took a…

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“The Question of the Animal in Religion” book review, Jewish slaughter

I read this book last year and just reviewed it last week. This is a book intended for an academic audience but it is not difficult to read. It deals a lot in philosophy and specific Jewish questions of meat and slaughter which particularly intrigued me. Description The springboard issue is a famous 2004 incident when an animal-rights group secretly videotaped the activities in a Jewish kosher slaughterhouse. Many serious abuses were shown. The New…

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Harambe the Gorilla and Christian Reactions

  Any dramatic action in the United States nowadays will bring out anger. American anger runs so deep that any perceived injustice can trigger riots or provoke poisonous words. As a Christian, I am sad to see how Christians react to these tense times. The latest incident to arouse passions came in a very unlikely place. A public zoo. Zoos attract more visitors in the United States than all professional…

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The End of Captivity book review: zoos

This is a good book by a Christian discussing the subject of wildlife captivity in zoos. Because the author worked in zoos for many years, he has experience there, and interviewed some co-workers and a director as well. On page 25 he gives a good summary of his feelings about zoos. “Like many other people, I love and loathe zoos. I lament that they need to exist, but I am…

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Utopian or Dystopian Christians?

  May 26, 2016 Utopian Christian or Dystopian Christian? A few weeks ago I heard an interview on Pittsburgh WORD Christian Radio, on The Road Home with John and Kathy, (where I have been interviewed a few times), with 2 authors of an interesting book. So I bought the book last week and read it today. Are we utopian or dystopian? In the future, for this website, I plan to…

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My History with Bugs

Technically, I think bugs are supposed to be six-legged beings, but I will use the more popular parlance, where bugs are anything creepy and crawly, and including small flying things that are not birds or bats. In Genesis chapter one God created them as living things that creep on the ground, and in that sense they are truly creepy. I was afraid of bugs for many years. I was born…

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Animal Angels? The Cherubim

Most Christians have not thought clearly about the question of “animals in Heaven.” The death of a pet brings the question to the surface, but human sorrow rarely turns into a study of the topic. The cherubim will help you understand things more clearly. Today’s blog cannot answer the deeper question of “will my pet be in Heaven?” in any detail. But we can take the first step by asking…

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