Well if you look at the actual passage, Matthew 25:31-46, you'll find that it employs the whole Christ-as-shepherd imagery. If you wanted to dig deeper, you could make connections to Greek mythology, the god Pan, half man & half goat and Satyrs, who often had goatlike features and permanent erections.
hahaha, good point. yeah, i can understand that its difficult to fit snakes+other animals in the story, for the shepherd parable.
(even tho they could still say something like ''be meek and peaceful like the sheep, and avoid being vile and poisonous like the snakes/scorpions/pests that surround them...'')
indeed, the early christians condemned the ''wild'' style of pan, and they definitely hated his goat/human appearance, along with his wild parties and the constant erections.
"I wonder if the originators of a religion built on sin, guilt and repression had a problem with this?" said no one.
The problem with owls, and any nocturnal animals for that matter, was that people believed they purposefully hid from the light (virtue) in the dark (sin). I'm not sure where you get evil crows from, medieval authors even seem to praise them for the same qualities as you, monogamy and longevity.
well, in ancient greek mythology+in roman/norse/celtic mythology, crows are depicted as clever and awesome birds with great qualities...(they are awesome)
however in some religious texts during the witch-hunt/inquisition years, the crows have been labeled as ''evill'', and as ''assistants to witches'' (or, as familiars of witches).
i guess they were saying those things because crows were dark, and church often associated dark birds as ''evil''.
if we also count that crows were eating from corpses, (aka they were scavengers), and the fact that many simple people often called them ''the messengers of death''/a bad omen in folklore, so i guess thats why the church labeled them as evil.
(mostly during the witch-hunt/inquisition years).
but yeah, crows are awesome, and they have been labeled as great animals in (almost) every mythology.
crows are clever, loyal(to their mates) and they live for a very long time.
in fact, there is a term in greek, ''korakozoitos'', which was a remark/wish for someone to ''live as many years as a crow'', which is what the term actually means. (in its etymology)
i believe that its worth mentioning that, in some parts of the bible, god sends a crow to bring food to prophet elias, while crows protected the dead body of st vincent of saragosa, so that scavengers wouldnt eat it...
damn, duuuude, that owl has done some mischief and he knows it!