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Protecting the Modern "Noah's Ark"

A $1 million campaign of print, television, and radio advertisements to urge Congress to keep the Endangered Species Act has been launched by the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) on behalf of more than 1,000 churches nationwide.

Calvin DeWitt, co-founder of the network and an environmental studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, "The Endangered Species Act allows not only for the preservation of the species but of their homes." He called the act "the Noah's Ark of our day."

Formed in 1993 as part of Evangelicals for Social Action, the EEN's current campaign counters the perception that conservative Christians are often at odds with environmentalists, DeWitt said. He hoped to mobilize an estimated 30 million to 50 million evangelicals by distributing 30,000 "Creation Care" packets across the country, urging church members to participate in local nature preservation activities and to organize as "Noah congregations."

The EEN has affiliates that include a group of 88 evangelical colleges and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, with a membership of 27,000 students on nearly 600 campuses and several other Christian groups for young people.

Evangelicals for Social Action, a theologically conservative but politically liberal group, has been addressing social questions since the 1970s. The group is part of a larger effort spearheaded by the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, joining different religious traditions with secular environmentalism. Providing the financial backing is the Environmental Information Center, a Washington-based nonprofit group formed in early 1995 to work on environmental issues with religious, scientific, consumer and health groups that are not primarily part of environmental movement.

Quoting from the book of Genesis, DeWitt said the story of Noah and the Ark is "the first endangered species act proclaimed in written history." Its conclusion, DeWitt noted, is a covenant with the creator to sustain all life.

                                                                             ARTICLES

THE HOLOCAUST CONTROVERSY: How and why the fate of animals and the fate of humans were linked together

DOMINION: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy....An overview of the book that has broken through media barriers to reach the general public.

Is Vegetarianism a Virtue? Is Carnivorism A Vice?...Can the eating of flesh become an anomaly  in our Western culture?

JESUS, OVID, AND VEGETARIANISM: Was the Christ less compassionate than the Pagan?

THE CARNIVOROUS SHEPHERDS: The Prophets Zechariah and Ezekiel condemned those who ate the flesh of sheep.

JESUS, THE MONEYCHANGERS & ANIMAL SACRIFICE. The moneychangers were not the target of Christ's outrage.

THE POPE AND THE HOMELESS CATS: John Paul II Had A Dream....

ANIMAL RIGHTS: Contemporary Concern or Ongoing Issue?...........From the keynote address given at the 7th annual EarthCare Conference.

RELIGION: FRIEND OR FOE OF ANIMAL ACTIVISM....by Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D, author of "Judaism and Vegetarianism."

EASTERTIME AND THE LAMBS OF GOD. Warning: this article may be offensive to carniverous Christians

The Christmas Story: Glad Tidings for All Creatures

THE IMMORALITY OF WEARING FUR...Buying, selling or wearing fur manages to violate three of the ten commandments

GOD'S COVENANT WITH ANIMALS: excerpts from the newly published book written by the editor of Humane Religion publications.

God and Chick-fil-A   Claiming that it is God who has made you prosperous, doesn't make it so.

BOOK BONUS: Read the first chapter of THEY SHALL NOT HURT OR DESTROY: Animal Rights and Vegetarianism in the Western Religious tradition. Written by Vasu Murti, this book has been endorsed by ministers, rabbis and representatives of animal rights organizations like PETA and THE FUND FOR ANIMALS.

AQUINAS, ANIMAL RIGHTS & CHRISTIANITY: The spiritual ignorance and prejudice of long-dead men continues to make life a hell-on-earth for animals.

"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"....Not a sparrow falls to earth without God's knowledge and concern.

ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.....Animal sacrifices are currently
taking place and there are no plans to stop them.

JESUS - ESSENES - DEAD SEA SCROLLS: The Dead Sea Scrolls give information about the kind of world in which Jesus lived.

THE COMPASSIONATE PAGAN: Spiritual understanding takes root wherever it finds fertile ground.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER: His Christianity embraced and served all God's
creatures.

ON KILLING CARROTS: In a sermon heard 'round the world, a Christian minister equates eating plants with eating animals.

SPIRITUAL PIONEERS: Animal Activists as Spiritual Pioneers. An Editorial by J.R.Hyland.

LIFE ATER DEATH: Animals And Humans, together in heavenly places

ANIMAL SACRIFICE: Both Jews and Christians support the restoration of Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem

HOMO SAPIENS: Was Adam created to be master of creation or was he a caretaker/gardener?

ECOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN ACTIVISTS: The Christian concern for environmental causes is not animal-friendly.

AFTER THE FALL: GENESIS 3:21: Does Genesis 3:21 really portray God as the world's first murderer?

KILLING IN JONESBORO: An editorial by J. R. Hyland - From the May/June 1998 issus of Humane Religion

THE LION WHO LAY DOWN WITH THE LAMB. The True Story Of A Vegetarian Lion.

SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT. The relationship between the sacrifice of animals at the Jerusalem Temple, and the crucifixion of Jesus.

JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND HUNTING. When it comes to the matter of hunting, there is a wide divergence between Jewish and Christian tradition.

GOD'S COVENANT WITH ALL CREATURES. Both Ministers and scholars ignore God's covenantal relationship with animals.

WHY METHUSELAH LIVED SO LONG. The Bible posits a relationship between longevity and vegetarianism.

ANIMAL AND HUMAN COMPANIONS. The book of Genesis tells us that animals were expressly created by God as companions for human beings.

THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF VEGETARIANISM. Carnivorism represents just as much of a fall from Grace as does any other sin.

THE NEW MAN? When killing animals is represented as an opportunity for spiritual growth.

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: One Man's Journey To A Compassionate Lifestyle.

 

Notes:

  1. Al-Hafiz B. A. Masri, "Synopsis of Islamic Teachings on Animal Rights" (Washington, DC: International Network for Religion and Animals, networking information sheet).
  2. Richard Gravely, "Hinduism and Animal Rights" (Washington, DC: International Network for Religion and Animals, networking information sheet).
  3. Roger Corless, "The Concern for Animals in Buddhism" (Washington, DC: International Network for Religion and Animals, networking information sheet).
  4. Richard Schwartz, "Judaism and Animal Rights" (Washington, DC: International Network for Religion and Animals, networking information sheet).
  5. Rev. Dale Ostrander, "A Christian Statement" (Washington, DC: International Network for Religion and Animals, networking information sheet).
  6. Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966), 170.
  7. McConkie, 210-211.
  8. Ann Cottrell Free, Animals, Nature and Albert Schweitzer (Washington, DC: The Flying Fox Press, 1988), x.
  9. Free, 53.
  10. Andrew Linzey, Christianity and the Rights of Animals (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1987), 40-41.
  11. J. R. Hyland, The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts -- a Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of Animals (Sarasota: Viatoris Ministries, 1988), 53.
  12. Jay B. McDaniel, Of God and Pelicans -- A Theology of Reverence for Life (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989), 41-47.
  13. G. Kowalski, The souls of animals (Walpole, NH: Stillpoint Publishing, 1991), 5.
  14. Jeffrey G. Sobosan, Bless the Beasts -- A Spirituality of Animal Care (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991), 33-36.
  15. Catholic Catechism, 1995; pp. 280, 590, as reported in INROADS, Number 25, Fall 1995.
  16. The World Council of Churches Report, quoted in The Animal's Agenda, April 1989, 13.
  17. "The Friendly Beasts," 12th century French carol.
  18. Linzey, 35.

Resources

 

Ahimsa

All Creatures

All Creatures Sermons

Atheists for Animal Rights

Biospirituality


Blessed Are the Merciful

Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers

Catholic-Animals

Christian Response Worldwide

Christian Vegetarian Association

Compassionate Spirit

EarthCare, Inc.

Essene Nazarean Church

Hallelujah Acres


Healing Our World

Healthy For Him

Humane Religion

Islamic Concerns

Jesus Was a Vegetarian

Jewish Veg

Nazarene Way

Raw Christians

Shamanism

Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians

Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Universal Equalitarian Church

For those interested in joining the religious animal rights movement, resources which may be helpful are listed below.

International Network for Religion and Animals (INRA), P.O. Box 77591, Washington, DC 20013-7591. Publications, videos, and resource kits for all major religions can be obtained from INRA.

Videos:

Fox, Michael. Animals, Nature and Religion. Washington: The Humane Society of the United States (2100 L Street, Washington, DC 20037. Also available through INRA).

Regan, Tom. We are All Noah. Raleigh: Culture and Animals Foundation (CIN Services, Inc., 3509 Eden Croft Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609. Also available through INRA).

Books:

Hyland, J. R. The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts -- a Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of Animals. Sarasota: Viatoris Ministries, 1988.

Linzey, Andrew. Christianity and the Rights of Animals. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1987.

Linzey, Andrew, and Tom Regan, eds. Animals and Christianity -- A Book of Readings. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1988.

Linzey, Andrew, and Tom Regan, eds. Love the Animals -- Meditations and Prayers. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1989.

McDaniel, Jay B. Of God and Pelicans -- A Theology of Reverence for Life. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.

Regan, Tom, ed. Animal Sacrifices -- Religious perspectives in the use of animals in science. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986.

Regan, Tom, and Andrew Linzey, eds. Song of Creation -- An Anthology of Poems in Praise of Animals. Basingstoke, UK: Marshall, Morgan and Scott Publication Ltd, 1988.

Sobosan, Jeffrey G. Bless the Beasts -- A Spirituality of Animal Care. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991.

 

All Things Herriot:
James Herriot and His Peaceable Kingdom

Sanford V. Sternlicht

All That Dwell Therein

Tom Regan

Angel Animals:
Exploring Our Spiritual Connection With Animals

Allen and Linda Anderson

Animal Grace:
Entering a Spiritual Relationship with Our Fellow Creatures

Mary Lou Randour, Susan Chernak McElroy

Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams
Elizabeth Caspari

Animal Meditations:
Shamanic Journeys with your Spirit Allies

Nicki Scully, Angela Werneke

Animal Rights and Ecology in Islam
Assad N. Busool

Animal Rights and Souls in the Eighteenth Century
Aaron V. Garrett (Editor)

Animal Right and Wrongs:
A Biblical Perspective

J.A Sargent

Animal Rites:
Liturgies of Animal Care

Andrew Linzey

Animal Sacrifice in Islam
M.I. Siddiqui

Animal-Speak:
The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

Ted Andrews

Animal Spirits
Nicholas J. Saunders


Animal Spirits the Shared World Sacrific

Nicholas J. Saunders

Animal Theology
Andrew Linzey

Animals and Trinitarian Doctrine:
A Study in the Theology of Karl Barth

Andrew Linzey

Animals on the Agenda:
Questions About Animals for Theology and Ethics

Andrew Linzey, Dorothy Yamamoto (Editors)

Bestiary for St. Jerome:
A Study of Animal Symbolism in European Religious Art

Herbert Freidmann

The Bible According to Noah:
Theology as If Animals Mattered

Gary Kowalski

Bless the Beasts:
A Spirituality of Animal Care

Jeffrey G. Sobosan

Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?:
The Relationship Between Science and Religion

Michael Ruse

Cat, Dog and Horse Lectures, and “The Beyond”
Barbara Hannah

Circles of Compassion:
A Collection of Humane Words and Work

by Elaine Sichel (Editor)

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
Gary Kurz

Compassion for All Creatures:
An Inspirational Guide for Healing the Ostrich Syndrome
Janice Gray Kolb, Robert Kolb (Editor)

Dominion of Love:
Animal Rights According to the Bible

Norm Phelps

Dominion:
The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals,
and the Call to Mercy

Matthew Scully

Earth Prayers From Around the World:
365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocation for Honoring the Earth

Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon

Familiars:
Animal Powers of Britain

Anna Franklin

God Barking in Church:
And Further Glimpses of Animal Welfare

Eilleen Gardner Galer, Gregory J. Kroitzsh (Editor)

God’s Covenant with Animals:
A Biblical Basis for the Humane

J.R. Hyland

God’s Messengers:
What Animals Teach Us about the Divine

Allen and Linda Anderson

Good Eating:
The Christian Practice of Everyday Life
Stephen H. Webb

Good News For All Creation
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D., Nathan Braun

Good News for Animals?
Christian Approaches to Animal Well-Being
Charles Pinches, Jay B. McDaniel (Editor)

The Hidden Powers of Animals:
Uncovering the Secrets of Nature

Karl P. N. Shuker

Is God a Vegetarian?:
Christianity, Vegetarianism and Animal Rights

Richard Alan Young, Carol J. Adams

Judaism and Animal Rights:
Classical and Contemporary Responses

Roberta Kalechofsky (Editor)

Judaism and Vegetarianism
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Lost Religion of Jesus
Keith Akers

Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing:
A Veterinarian’s Journey from Physical Medicine
to Spiritual Understanding

Allen M. Schoen, Pam Proctor

Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings
Marko Pogacnik

Of Gods and Pelicans:
A Theology of Reverence for Life

Jay Byrd McDaniel, John B. Cobb, Jr.

On God and Dogs:
A Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals

Stephen H. Webb

Peace to All Beings:
Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul

Judy McCoy Carman

Power Animal Meditations:
Shamanic Journeys With Your Spirit Allies

Nicki Scully, Angela Werneke (Illustrator)

Religious Vegetarianism:
From Hesiod to the Dalai Lama

Kerry Walters, Lisa Portmess (Editors)

The Resurrection of the Animals

Anita Skeen

Returning to Eden:
Animal Rights and Human Responsibility

Michael W. Fox

Science and the Search for God
Gary Kowalski

The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts:
A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of Animals

J.R. Hyland

The Soul of the Wolf
Michael W. Fox, DVM

Souls of Animals
Gary Kowalski, Art Wolfe (Photographer)

The Specter of Speciesism:
Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals

Paul Waldau

Thou Shalt Not Hurt or Destroy
Vasu Murti

To Cherish All Life:
A Buddhist View of Animal Slaughter and Meat Eating

Philip Kapleau, Roshi P. Kapleau

Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul:
Shameless Visions and Prayers for World Peace,
Inner Peace, and Animal Liberation

Judy McCoy Carman

The Way of Compassion
Martin Rowe, Editor

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