Is God a Vegetarian? Christianity, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights

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9

Doesn't God
Care about Our
Health?

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within
you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For
you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

Christianity does not require [abstaining from wine and animal food]
.… I began to do this about twelve years ago.… But 1 resumed the
use of them both about two years after, for the sake of some who
thought I made it a point of conscience, telling them, “I
will eat flesh
while the world standeth”, rather than “make my brother to offend”.
Dr. Cheyne advised me to leave them off again, assuring me, “Till you
do you will never be free from fevers”. And since I have taken his
advice I have been free (blessed be God) from all bodily disorders.
(John Wesley, Works, vol. 11, Abingdon, 1989, pp. 344–45)

In 1993 I attended a HealthFest conference and heard Anne Frahm talk about how changing to a vegetarian diet played a large part in overcoming cancer. The doctors had declared her cancer to be beyond hope. Frahm, who grew up “keeping McDonalds in business,” never wanted to go vegetarian. But facing death, she turned to a nutritionist who radically changed her diet. Other fac

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • 1: Was Jesus a Vegetarian? 1
  • 2: Would a Veggie Garfield Be a Happy Cat? 15
  • 3: Was God the First Tanner? 28
  • 4: Was Noah's Ark an Early Food Factory? 41
  • 5: Permit Meat? Didn't God Us to Eat 53
  • 6: Isn't Passover Lamb the Main Entrée? 65
  • 7: Was Jesus Kosher? 77
  • 8: Didn't John the Baptist Snack on Locusts? 90
  • 9: Doesn't God Care About Our Health? 102
  • 10: Didn't Paul Condemn Vegetarianism as Heresy? 115
  • 11: Is Christian Vegetarianism Only for Desert Monks? 127
  • 12: Will There Be Slau Hterhouses in Heaven? 140
  • 13: What Then Shall We Eat? 153
  • Epilogue - Going Vegetarian 167
  • Further Reading 178
  • General Index 181
  • Recipe Index 187
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