The Breath of Life


The idea that we must be as good as we can be to this damaged world is essential, as is the idea that it is damaged and that until it is restored in God's time, we can't think of it in any other way. Reading the Bible one recent morning, I saw both this need for a close-to-impossible level of compassion toward a wounded creation, and the fact that Jesus really is in deep trouble with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Some years ago, PETA sponsored billboards claiming “Jesus was a...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.