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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Explaining “God’s Animals Living Abundantly”

This “blog” constitutes the first step in the planned creation of a non-profit organization to be called “God’s Animals Living Abundantly.” It will be an on-going process: gradually growing. The name was chosen for two reasons. God’s Animals is the title of the non-fiction book I have nearly finished writing. God’s Animals Living Abundantly is both a summary of my hope for the future of animals on Earth, and a…

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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.