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

by Richard Alan Young

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

Is God a Vegetarian? is one of the most complete explorations of vegetarianism in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Young, a linguistics and New Testament scholar, attempts to answer the question being asked with greater and greater frequency: Are Christians morally obligated to be vegetarians? Many people are confused about the apparent mixed messages within the Bible. On the one hand, God prescribes a vegetarian diet in the Garden of Eden and the apocalyptic visions of Isaiah and John imply the restoration of a vegetarian diet. However, it is also clear that God permits, Jesus partakes in, and Paul sanctions the eating of flesh. Does the Bible give any clear guidance? Close readings of key biblical texts pertaining to dietary customs, vegetarianism, and animal rights make up the substance of the book. Rather than ignoring or offering a literal, twentieth-century interpretation of the passages, the author analyzes the voices of these conflicting dietary motifs within their own social contexts. Interwoven throughout these readings are discussions of contemporary issues, such as animal testing and experimentation, the fur industry, raising animals in factories, and the effects of meat-eating on human health.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780812693935
Publication date: 30th December 1998
Author: Richard Alan Young
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Judaism, Animals & society, Ethical issues & debates, Biblical studies & exegesis,

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