What Does the Church Say About Animals?

by Sarah Withrow King

Christian vegans often feel alone. In the church, they may be one of a very few who advocate on behalf of animals. In animal protection circles, they are one of a very few Christians.

But animal protection is not a new issue for the church. Many church mothers and fathers, theologians, pastors, and Jesus followers throughout the centuries have been thinking and talking about how humans in the church ought to relate to their animal neighbors.

The Humane Society of the United States has compiled a list of denominational statements on animals.

Check it out, see what your denomination has to say. Like it? Great! If you don't, let's talk about how to improve. And if one doesn't exist, let's talk about how we can get this life-and-death issue on your church's radar.


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