Help God's Animals

Caring for God's Creatures


During the first 1000 years of the Christian Church there were many Christian saints who loved animals. They lived with them, rescued them, nursed them and saved them from hunters. In turn, many saints were helped by animals.  Also during this time, a great number of saints were vegetarian. Many abstained from meat to grow closer to God. By the 11th century*, Christian theologians began to ignore God's creation (the animals and the earth). Their theology became more human-centered (anthropocentric), meaning that their theology became more about human beings and unfortunately less about the rest of creation. Sadly, this theology has dominated Western Christianity since then. Animal apologetics* is a new and growing field in Christianity  that explores God's love and consideration of animals,  and brings back much of what was lost by humanocentric theology. 

*According to one of the church’s foremost theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries, Elizabeth A. Johnson. See her book "Creation and The Cross."

*Animal apologetics is a term I use to describe the Christian defense of God's animals in a world where animals are oppressed, abused and exploited by Christians.  ~John L. Banda

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