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Published 3-5-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Book of Genesis, Eagle Chief, Martin Buber, Henry Beston, Bede Griffiths, Anatole France


Dear Readers,

Today's site provides the opportunity to consider the place
of animals in our world; not as the recipients of our care-
taking, or where we have placed them in the food chain, but
rather the precious stature bestowed on them by the Creator
Himself, who took care to include them in the covenant
He made with Noah in the first book of the Bible. Yes, the
Almighty Himself makes them a promise on par with man.

Various cultures and religions view animals differently,
but there's little question that contemplating and
appreciating God's precious beasts make us
better human beings.

- Lisa

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The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark (1613)           Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625)

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
"See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you and with every living
creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various
tame and wild animals that were with you and came out
of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you, that never
again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters
of a flood to devastate the earth." God added: "This is the
sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I
bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the
clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me
and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall
never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings."

God told Noah:
"This is the sign of the covenant
I have established between me and all
mortal creatures that are on earth."

Genesis 9:8-15, 17
New American Bible


In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge
were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not
speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men
that he showed himself through the beast, and that from
them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon
should man learn ... All things tell of Tirawa.

Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa)
Pawnee chief
Quote from around 1905



An animal's eyes have the power
to speak a great language.

Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Austrian-born Jewish philosopher


(Animals) are not brethren, they are not underlings;
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in
the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the
splendour and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston (1888-1968)
Naturalist and author


I walked out alone in the evening and heard the birds
singing in the full chorus of song, which can only be
heard at that time of year at dawn or at sunset...

A lark rose suddenly from the ground beside the tree
by which I was standing and poured out its song above
my head and then sank still singing to rest. Everything
then grew still as the sunset faded and the veil of dusk
began to cover the earth. I remember now the feeling of
awe which came over me. I felt inclined to kneel to the
ground, as though I had been standing in the presence
of an angel; and I hardly dared to look on the face of
the sky, because it seemed as though it was
but a veil before the face of God.

Bede Griffiths (1906-1993)
Benedictine monk and Hindu yogi

The Last Word:

Until one has loved an animal, a part
of one's soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France, born François-Anatole Thibault (1844-1924)
Winner, Nobel Prize for Literature


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Boredom is the feeling that everything is
a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

Thomas Szasz (1920 -  )
Hungarian born academic and psychiatrist


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