John Wesley on Salvation for Animals

Given that the Coffeyville Friends of Animals held a very successful chili feed in Fellowship Hall, it seems an appropriate time to consider the salvation of animals. John Wesley addressed this issue in his sermon, “The General Deliverance”. He argues that in the end:

“The whole brute creation [that is, the animals] will then, undoubtedly, be restored, not only to the vigour, strength, and swiftness which they had at their creation, but to a far higher degree of each than they ever enjoyed. They will be restored, not only to that measure of understanding which they had in paradise, but to a degree of it as much higher than that, as the understanding of an elephant is beyond that of a worm. And whatever affections they had in the garden of God, will be restored with vast increase; being exalted and refined in a manner which we ourselves are not now able to comprehend.”

The whole sermon can be found here and a summary by Allen R. Bevere here.