Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - April 11, 2023

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Narratives That Can Guide Us: Monotheism
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 2150 CVA booklets at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City for Winter Jam yesterday. It was a very nice day in the upper 60s. I covered four different entrances, so I got a lot of exercise. It seemed that I gave out more than two booklets to kids for every adult. I had zero incidents with Paycom staff.

2. Narratives That Can Guide Us: Monotheism

I think humanity needs a common narrative if we are to unite people in a common goal to seek the well-being of everyone. Such a narrative must transcend national, ethnic, religious, and philosophical differences. As such, it must point to a universal principle to which all people might reasonably aspire. In a Christian context, we would call the locus of this principle “God.”

Though the nature of God is clouded in mystery, I think it is important to regard God in monotheistic terms. It might seem contradictory to note that we know little about the nature of God, but we still assert a monotheistical image of God. The monotheism I propose is not the notion that God is one in number*, but rather that God has one essence. If there were multiple deities, or if God had more than one essence, then it would be easy for people to choose among the Gods or among the various attributes of God, depending on the situation or their particular preferences. This would be incompatible with a universal principle and would offer little hope that humanity could transcend its tendency toward tribalism, conflict, and the violence that is inherent in the scapegoating process.

Next, I will articulate a principle that can be understood as the essence of God.

* The claim that there is one God logically makes little sense. Ascribing a number to God makes sense only if there were the possibility of more than one deity. By analogy, claiming that God is male only makes sense if there is the possibility of a female (or other gendered) deity. If it were possible to have more than one deity, then the claim that there is one God would always be tentative, and it would always be possible for other gods to exist or manifest themselves. Some might claim that God is the greatest of the gods, but this theology leads to the polytheistic problem discussed above.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

Happy Wednesday! Have you heard about the Million Vegan Grandmothers? It is a fast-growing group! Be sure to check out the week’s featured article in the March 29 newsletter about them entitled “Veganism and the Grandchildren’s Commandments.”

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In the Love of the Lord,
Frank L Hoffman


Tams Nicholson
Executive Directress

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