Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 25, 2021
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Announcing a New Edition of Guided by the Faith of Christ: Seeking to Stop Violence and Scapegoating
  2. All-Creatures.Org Ministry
  3. Thoughts on Moral Frames - Part 5: Sympathy and Empathy

1. Announcing a New Edition of Guided by the Faith of Christ: Seeking to Stop Violence and Scapegoating

Human communities, including most Christian communities, have been unified by the unjust and violent scapegoating process. This more concise and hopefully clearer book version describes what I think was the faith of Christ - a faith grounded in love and compassion rather than the scapegoating process. Will this faith save humanity from its self-destructive course? I donít know, but I do think itís humanityís best chance.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


2. All-Creatures.org Ministry

Newsletter: This a recent editions of our all-creatures Newsletter, which we hope you like and share with others to help end the exploitation and killing of animals:

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3. Thoughts on Moral Frames - Part 5: Sympathy and Empathy 

Sympathy involves understanding another individualís experience. Though this can be an important first step toward ameliorating suffering, it is generally not enough. Empathy, in which one experiences similar feelings as those who are suffering, is more likely to inspire action.

In his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Paul Bloom acknowledges that empathy can motivate people to make the world a better place. However, because of its subjective nature, empathy does not necessarily optimize effectiveness. For example, empathy might inspire great efforts to assist a single, very visible individual while neglecting a much larger number of individuals who suffer outside the public eye.

Next, I will consider compassion.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


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