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

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Isn't Passover
Lamb the Main
Entrée?

They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over
the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it
raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs,
and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning;
anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how
you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your
staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of
the Lord.
(Exodus 12:8–11)

Man is already on his way to homicide if he sins in the killing of
animals, if he murders an animal. He must not murder an animal.
He can only kill it, knowing that it does not belong to him but to God,
and that in killing it he surrenders it to God in order to receive it back
from Him as something he needs and desires. The killing of animals
in obedience is possible only as a deeply reverential act of repentance,
gratitude and praise on the part of the forgiven sinner in face of the
One who is the Creator and Lord of man and beast.
(Karl Barth,
Church Dogmatics, III/4, T. & T. Clark, 1961, p. 355)

The Passover story is a curious affair. After eating the lamb, the Israelites smeared the blood on their door posts. When the death angel came to kill every firstborn person and animal in Egypt, it

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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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