Weekly Newsletter - October 20, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Excellent Essay
  2. Facing the Truth, part 1
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Excellent Essay

This essay shows clearly that Christians who take their own belief systems seriously must oppose modern animal agribusiness:

Animal Cruelty Has No Place in the Kingdom of God


2. Facing the Truth, part 1

Gracia Fay Ellwood, the editor of The Peaceable Table, astutely points out that the notion that all people are equal often leads to a conviction that humans are fundamentally different from and “superior” to animals. This belief helps give humans a sense of immortality. Animals seem to live, struggle, and die, to be forgotten forever. On account of an innate fear of death, people want to think that, somehow, their story is fundamentally different that, somehow, they can transcend the inevitable demise of their bodies.

Voltaire once said that if we believe absurdities, we will commit atrocities. This is certainly the case when it comes to animal issues, and it also applies to how humans treat each other. More subtle, perhaps, is how those who deny reality put themselves at risk.

Drs. Lori Marino and Michael Mountain have noted that those creatures who deny their true nature will not survive. This is obviously true among nonhumans, who are well-adapted to the environments in which they live and who generally do not thrive when placed in unnatural settings. History abounds with examples of this principle applying to humans.

Politically, many ill-conceived (as well as unethical) wars have been inspired by the groundless belief that one’s own tribe is “superior” to a neighboring tribe. Environmentally, the conviction that humans can mold nature to human will has encouraged practices that threaten to make the earth increasingly inhospitable to humans, most notably global warming.  Socially, seeing many harmless expressions of human sexuality as perverse has had harmful effects on human relationships and led to mistreatment of those whose sexuality differs from the cultural norm.

Does humanity’s denying its animal nature threaten humanity’s existence? I will explore this question next week.
 
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Encountering God


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