Play (it again)

I have written twice on this blog about play. Here and here. An article about play in Science News caught my eye this week. The original article  in October’s The Scientist is quite interesting. Did you know rats laugh?  There is evidence that birds play. Octopuses  and turtles and wasps play also. I wonder why that surprises […]

God and Dog and Barth

This week let’s look at something Karl Barth wrote. If you would like some information about Karl Barth, this Wikipedia article is one source, and the Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Modern Western Theology has three short articles, and finally here is a 1962 Time magazine article. While there is a lot about Karl Barth on line, his books themselves are […]

God and Dog and Charles Colson, Part Two

This is part two of a discusion of the article, “Keeping Pets in Their Place: Why we can’t afford to treat animals like they’re humans” by Charles Colson and  Anne Mores in the April issue of Christianity Today.  If you haven’t already, please read it and then come back so we can talk about it.  There […]

God and Dog and John Wesley

John Wesley was the founder of Methodism. He lead an interesting life and you can read about him here and more about him and his family, here.  Many of his sermons, but by no means all of them, were collected by Wesley and published as Sermons on Several Occasions.  In Sermon 60 “The General Deliverance” Wesley has some interesting things to say […]

God and Dog and Genesis

You might have guessed from last week’s post, “God and Dog”, I believe Christians have more thinking to do on the subject of the relationships between God, animals and people. It is a big topic with lots of dimensions. So let’s just take it a little bit at a time. This week I want to talk about Genesis chapter 2. Sadly […]

God and Dog

Christianity historically has not had much to say about the relationship between God and animals and humans. To be sure, there has been a persistent minority view that valued animals — St. Francis and others, but for the most part Christians haven’t thought much about animals. When we have, most of what we have said has served […]