2. Leafleting Opportunities
3. Getting Our Message
4. Christianity and Violence
1. Addendum: Regarding the study on
the benefits of a plant-based diet for diabetes control mentioned last
week, the source of the study and report was Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org.
2. Leafleting Opportunities
A. Feedback: On Sunday 20 August 2006 I stood outside for and
hour in front of the Asheville Civic Center and passed out leaflets
about the Christian Vegetarian Association. Things went so well I only
had but two people resist what I was doing; I expected a lot more than
that. In fact, my brother and I ran out of CVA booklets! It was a hit!
I got to explain to people about why the CVA exists and what our
mission is in life; it was a most gratifying experience. To anyone who
wants to feel important and used by God, I have one thing to say: Pass
out leaflets for CVA!!! The only time I've ever felt better was when I
lead my friend to Christ...Not much can top the feeling that another
animal is being saved.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this and, please, alert me of
future opportunities to pass out leaflets at musical events, etc.
In His Love,
B. Upcoming Events
9/1 MO Kansas City: Rock the Light Festival Casting Crowns
9/1 MA Boston: An Evening with Joel Olsteen
9/1-3 SD Sioux Falls: LifeLight Festival-Huge! Free!
9/8-9 WI: Milwaukee Promise Keepers
9/8 AZ Phoenix: An Evening with Joel Olsteen
9/8 WA Seattle: Gaithers Homecoming Tour
9/9 OR Portland: Gaithers Homecoming Tour
9/9 UT Logan: Time Out for Women Christian Conference
9/9 NY Albany: Time Out for Women Christian Conference
9/10 OH Galloway: ShoutFest Christian Concert Series
9/15-16 MI Grand Rapids: Promise Keepers
9/15 ID Boise: Time Out for Couples Christian Conference
9/17 KY Paducah: ShoutFest Christian Concert Series
9/21 MN Minneapolis: The Gathering Women with Ministry in Focus
9/23-24 KY Louisville: Promise Keepers
9/30 NC Charlottesville: Vegetarian Festival - TABLE
C. To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling
opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group.christian_vegetarian/. Read the home
page, and then join. You will then be able to log in anytime to identify
upcoming events in your region. Contact Paris at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be able to help.
3. Getting Our
Message into Churches
Lucas Patterson writes: I've been a Seventh-day Adventist my entire
life and we're considered a pretty conservative church. I guarantee you
Adventists are more open to the vegetarian message than almost any other
church. Statistically, more than a third of all Adventists are already
vegetarians. Adventists don't eat unclean meats (pork, shellfish, etc.)
as mentioned in the Old Testament, and taking the next step -- eating no
meat at all -- doesn't represent that big of a commitment or change. We
have a very strong health message and that's the reason so many
Adventists are vegetarians ... because our body is the temple of God.
We're all the time doing vegetarian cooking classes and potlucks at my
church have always been exclusively meat-free. So if I were going to
start with any church in terms of spreading the CVA message, I'd start
4. Christianity and
114. Atonement Theology, part 1: Leading Theories*
[This series reflects my views and not "official" CVA positions. It
is being archived at
Jesus’ death was a scandal to early Christians. If he were really the
son of God who could work miracles, why did he allow himself to be
humiliated, tortured, and murdered? Why did he not walk away from the
cross? How could the son of God be executed like a common criminal?
Christians, in struggling with these questions, have proposed various
atonement theories that suggest that Jesus died to atone for human
As the next essays will show, currently popular atonement theologies
have problematic theological, sociological, and political implications.
I will then describe J. Denny Weaver’s formulation for atonement
theology, which I find very compelling, in part because it is consistent
with the notion that God is all about love and mercy and not about
violence and scapegoating.
Christus Victor (Christ the victor) was the predominant atonement
theology of the early church, and it has taken two forms. In the ransom
version, the devil once held human souls in captivity. God ransomed the
release of human souls by offering up Jesus as ransom payment, and
Jesus’ death appeared to be a victory for evil. However, God had
deceived the devil, and in raising Jesus from the dead, there was
victory for Jesus and humanity.
Another Christus Victor theology has depicted a cosmic battle in
which Jesus was killed during the battle between God and the devil. The
resurrection constituted a victory for God and definitely placed God as
ruler of the Universe.
These Christus Victor images are not very popular today. The ransom
theory posits that the devil has the power and authority to demand a
ransom of God, which, critics have argued, belittles God. Similarly, the
cosmic battle theory uncomfortably depicts the devil with power
commensurate with that of God. Next week, we will turn to atonement
theories that are far more popular today, which remove the devil from
the drama. Please keep in mind the Christus Victor image, however,
because the atonement theology that Weaver proposes includes a
substantially modified notion of Christus Victor.
* The upcoming series of essays on atonement theologies has been
heavily informed by J. Denny Weaver’s article “Violence in Christian
Theology” Cross Currents July 2001.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.