January 22, 2013
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Theological, historical and contemporary references on animals
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) describes itself as “a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination” that is “founded on the teachings of Martin Luther.”
There are a number of theological, historical and contemporary references on animals in the faith’s longstanding traditions.
On KFUO’s "Book Talk" with Host Rodney Zwonitzer, a broadcast ministry of The Lutheran Church, Reverend Peter Kurowski, author of “Animals in Heaven; Pets in Paradise,” talked about God’s love for animals:
“As I started from Genesis and went through Revelation, I was struck by the fact that God’s intimate concern about the animal world… I kept seeing these promises that would involve the creatures of God, the rest of creation…Like, for example, in Genesis 9:12, after the flood, God said, ‘This is a sign of the covenant, the promise I’m making between me and you and every living creature with you. A covenant for all generations to come.’ Now we see and hear those words, ‘For all generations to come,’ but we don’t camp out at that important phrase, ‘every living creature.’ And so here we see God’s intimate, infinite love not only for mankind, but for the animals of the world.”
Find more theological, contemporary and historical references on animals, including links to documents and articles, in our PDF.