Humane Religion Magazine
May - June 1998 Issue
FROM THE PULPIT
REV CARL A SKRIVER, EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (1977)
The true God is love, goodness, mercy—not sacrifice, cruelty, killing, and murder...God did not demand bloody sacrifice ...We should only sacrifice ourselves, for service in the world for our human and animal brothers.
REV. ANDREW LINZEY, ANGLICAN PRIEST (1998)
REV. BASIL WRIGHTON, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST (1965)
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, JESUIT PRIEST/PALEONTOLOGIST (1955)
Considered in its full biological reality, love—that is to say, the affinity of being with being—is not peculiar to man...in the mammals, so close to ourselves, it is easily recognized....Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them together by what is deepest in themselves [the spiritual dimension].
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Minister (1863) For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal is below the dog and the horse. Happy would it be for thousands of people if they could stand at last before the Judgment Seat and say ”I have loved as truly and I have lived as decently as my dog.” And yet we call them ”only brutes”!