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The Animals' Bible by Ian A. Stuart
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really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, animals, christianity, non-fiction, religion

I myself am an agnostic. I assume there is a possibility of God but don't believe in religion. The main reason I read this book is because the hardest for me to discuss animal rights is when I meet a religious person who just tells me that God put animals on Earth for us to use so there is nothing wrong with what we are doing. I am always lost there because I don't know how to respond. The best is to present arguments that the person will accept and that come from his beliefs. And this is where I don't know much.

I was very excited to receive this book. This is what I was looking for.Since Ian Stuart is someone who both believes in God and also doesn't accept that the religion that is about love would accept cruelty towards animals he did a wonderful job looking through Bible and presenting some great arguments, interpretations and quotes that support the idea that God loves us all and cares about everyone, including the animals.

He did a great job here, it is amazing how many times animals are mentioned in the Bible. Besides interpreting the quotes he also gives us an idea on the attitude towards different animals at the times certain parts of the Book were written which can explain how they were mentioned. It is interesting that one of the most loved animals these days, the dog, was one of the most vilified ones.

The Animal's Bible goes through many different topics, like sacrifice, whether animals are aware of God, the diet of Adam and Eve, if animals go to heaven, how come they are made to suffer for our sins etc.

It is a bit of a heavy read from time to time, but it is time someone wrote something like that. I definitely will use it as a reference for many quotes in my future conversations on this issue. And it is something that should be read by people of faith who want to know more on the issue or about Bible and also by the ones who want to fight cruelty against animals and need to learn about it from religious perspective. I really liked this book.

* I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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