New book examines what the Bible has to say about eating and using animals

“What Would Jesus Really Eat? The Biblical Case for Eating Meat” now available for purchase

October 8, 2019 – A new book, “What Would Jesus Really Eat? The Biblical Case for Eating Meat,” looks at what the Bible has to say about using and eating animals from several different perspectives. The book, edited by Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Wes Jamison, PhD and Paul Copan, PhD, tackles topics including the challenges to Christian meat-eating, human exceptionalism and humanity’s dominion over other living creatures.

“Over the past decade, a growing number of misleading messages about modern animal agriculture have been presented by animal rights activist groups to church and religious leaders or in religious forums, under the guise of religion and compassion,” said Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, which helped fund the production of the book. “What Would Jesus Really Eat? thoughtfully examines the complex subjects of religion and eating meat. Anyone who is interested in either of those topics needs to read this book.”

“The Bible gives robust justification for meat-eating; in itself, eating meat is permitted and even celebrated as a gift from God,” said Dr. Copan.

In addition to chapters from Drs. Jamison and Copan, the book includes chapters from five different authors with unique perspectives and expertise in theology: Tom St. Antoine, PhD, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Timothy Hsiao, PhD, Grantham University; Walter Kaiser, PhD, evangelical Old Testament scholar; Randy Spronk, a Minnesota hog farmer and Gordon Spronk, DVM, a swine veterinarian.

“This book reminds us that we have the blessing to eat meat with joy and thankfulness,” said Dr. Jamison.

Copies of the book can be purchased from the Alliance for $15.00 plus shipping and handling. Bulk order discounts are available for quantities from 25-99 ($13.00 per copy plus shipping and handling) and 100+ ($10 per copy plus shipping and handling). Click here to order your copy today. If you have questions about placing your order, contact the Alliance at or 703-562-5160.

About the Alliance:

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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