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Worship Not the Creature: Animal Rights and the Bible Review by Jenny ThompsonBy J. Y. Jones
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With the book Worship Not the Creature: Animal Rights and the Bible, author J. Y. Jones sets out to refute the animal rights movement using arguments from the Word of God. Christians today are being constantly confronted by those who seek to place the rights of animals above those of humans. Environmentalists seem to be doing the same thing with our planet. We have to learn how to reconcile these views with what the Bible says, and this book can help us to do just that.
Dr. Jones is very thorough in each of his points, taking care to always point to the Scripture for God's guidance. After unraveling Darwin's theory of evolution, Dr. Jones takes the reader on a journey through the Bible, looking to the plethora of Scriptures that point to the way that God intends for humans to view animals. The author continually reiterates the fact that God created humans in His image and therefore placed them above, not equal to, all the animals on the earth. Throughout the Bible, you find God's people making use of animals for food, clothing, and/or service. Nowhere in the Bible is the use of animals for these purposes condemned as sin unless it is done in a way that opposes God's law. In fact, having an unhealthy reverence for animals and the earth can actually be sinful.
At times, the author's assertions become a bit redundant. I believe that Dr. Jones was trying to leave no holes in his argument, and he did a very good job of that. But I think his points could have been made in a more concise manner. I also think that he chases a few rabbit trails that could have been left out of this book. Though his writing style may not appeal to everyone, the case he makes against the damaging effects of the animal rights crusade should be required reading for all Christians.
I can see Dr. Jones's book being used in your homeschool as part of a high school science curriculum. Our society is drenched with messages from environmentalists and animal rights activists. Our teenagers need to be taught how those messages can cause them to stray from God's truth. If we educate our children to stand against the culture and stand for God, hopefully the tide will turn. Worship Not the Creature: Animal Rights and the Bible is a huge step in the right direction.