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Charles Colson

Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and author of many books including How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale House 1999), gives his opinion on stewardship of animals after a conversation with Matthew Scully, author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy (St. Martin's Press, 2002). Colson says: “In his critique of How Now Shall We Live?, the book I wrote with Nancy Pearcey, Scully correctly notes that we don't give "a single example of how the duty of Christian stewardship [over animals] is being abused or even how it can be abused." As we spoke, I realized that Scully was right. We need to be in the vanguard of protecting animals from abuse because they are part of God's creation. While certainly not morally equivalent to humans, animals nonetheless have certain rights that we must recognize and respect.”

Colson finishes by saying: “But good stewardship means doing more than criticizing. We need to get involved in shaping laws that determine animal treatment. But first we must make it our business to find out how the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle of the earth are treated on factory farms, in research labs, and by commercial fishermen. A good place to start is to read Matt Scully's book, Dominion. While you might not agree with everything he says, he does remind us that we have a duty to prevent the needless torment of animals—torment that, as Lewis observes, is perpetrated when Christians desert their posts."

If anyone is interested in reading the full article please contact me and I’d be glad to e-mail it to you as it is no longer available to be viewed on-line. Also, we’d love to hear your comments on this article and how you think that Christians should get involved in protecting God’s creatures from abuse.

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