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Ed Stetzer Explores Why Christians Should Care About Animal Welfare

ed_stsetzer_blogIn a 2014 article for Christianity Today, Dr. Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research explores what Christians should think about animal welfare. He shares his initial hesitancy in becoming involved on this issue noting:

“I imagine that mobilizing evangelical Christians for animal welfare advocacy may be a challenge—they’re primarily focused on other concerns. Furthermore, the radicalization of the animal rights movements has, I think, scared away many Christian leaders.”

However, Dr. Stetzer shares that he was prodded to consider another perspective by his daughter, Jaclyn. “On the other hand,” he writes, “my daughter Jaclyn says I need to think more on this. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 12:10, ‘A righteous man cares about his animal’s health.’ And, seeing an end to animal cruelty is certainly a worthy goal, particularly if Christian believers in our churches gain such a passion.”

To read the full article, visit Ed Stetzer’s blog “The Exchange” on Christianity Today online here.


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As [Hannah] More's Christian convictions grew, so, too, did her conviction that benevolence toward animals was part of a holistic Christian worldview, and her writings came to reflect these evolving views.
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