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

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Would a Veggie
Garfield Be a
Happy Cat?

God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you
shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every
bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything
that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. “
(Genesis 1:29–30)

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and
joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don't harass them, don't deprive
them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not
pride yourself on superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and
you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and
leave the traces of your foulness after you—alas, it is true of almost
everyone of us!
(Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov VI.3g)

The clearest statement in the Bible regarding vegetarianism is Genesis 1:29–30. It speaks of vegetarianism not only for humans but also for animals! Wonder what the famous gourmand cat Garfield would think about such a confining regimen? Probably not much. But Garfield is not alone. What about all those epicurean humans who savor their hamburgers, barbecue ribs, and

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Table of contents

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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