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Humane Religion Magazine

March - April 1998 Issue

FROM THE PULPIT

THE MONKS OF NEW SKETE MONASTERY, CAMBRIDGE, N.Y (1978)

As long as we insist on separating the world of animals and man, we will never be able to love animals truly...Where there is no love, no real stewardship and responsibility can develop, and these are essential.

BROTHER GEOFFREY, MINISTER-GENERAL, SOCIETY OF ST FRANCIS (1984)

 In the realm of agriculture we have seen the ascent of the agri-businessman whose farms are primarily business enterprises animals can be subjected to every kind of exploitation, indignity and suffering, in the sacred cause of commercial profit. [And] we see increasingly inhumane experiments being carried out on animals in the cause science...Man has power over the animal world, but as in other spheres of life, he must exercise restraint and responsibility and, most of all, curb his selfish greed...We need to get our values right and not sell our souls to the god, Money.

REVD DR WALTER WALSH, ANGLICAN PRIEST (1928)

Many excellent people deplore the sufferings of sentient creatures on this planet without perceiving that they themselves are morally responsible for the greater part of such sufferings....If these benevolent-minded people would but visualize the agonies connected with the breeding, raising, railing, shipping , driving and slaughtering of the defenseless victims of human voracity, they would abhor the bloody morsel they now pick so daintily from their dinner plates.

FRANCIS A. SCHAEFFER, EVANGELICAL THEOLOGIAN (1988)

Man has dominion over the ”lower” orders of creation, but he is not sovereign over them. Only God is the Sovereign Lord....as a fallen creature [man] has used that dominion wrongly. Because he is fallen, man exploits [other] created things as though they were nothing in themselves, as though he has an autonomous right to them...The Christian is called upon [to exercise] dominion without being destructive. The church should always have taught and done this, but has generally failed to do so, and we need to confess our failure...”

THE BIBLE, ISAIAH 55:7-9

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord..and to our God, for he will freely pardon. My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. #

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