- Activist Feedback
- Book Review: Animals and World
Religions, ed. by Lisa Kemmerer
1. Activist Feedback
Super-activist Rick Hershey, who leafleted
at Winter Jam in Kansas City, writes:
I handed out 1200 booklets to
a young and receptive crowd as usual at the event this evening.
One woman accepted a booklet from me and then gave it back saying that
her husband is a pastor. I said that her husband might be
interested in it, so she took it back from me.
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Book Review: Animals and World Religions, ed. by Lisa Kemmerer
2012, Oxford University Press, $35
Frank and Mary
Animals and World Religions is a very interesting and
information packed book, which is written in an easily readable form
and at the same time is serves as a text book and reference source of
the historical and practiced way religions view animals.
Kemmerer coins the word "anymals" meaning no-human animals, and uses
it throughout the book to simplify which is being referenced.
us, one of the most interesting features of the book was the very
thorough discussion on aboriginal religions, and how they all
recognize that they and the anymals are spiritually created alike and
deserve to be treated with compassion, which to us positively shows
that all peoples, cultures, and religions really knew the truth.
However, at the same time, aboriginal cultures created myths to
justify the killing of the animals, as if the anymals freely give
their lives to the human hunters.
Throughout the remainder of Animals and World Religions, we see that all the major religions also
had their foundational belief rooted in this peaceful coexistence that
was created to be between all the animals of the world, including the
environment in which we all live. And as with the aboriginal
societies, they also corrupted themselves to justify the exploitation
of anymals, and they "hide" the fact about their foundational beliefs
in their modern day teachings. The worst case of this distortion of
the truth exists in the justification of factory farming and
commercial fishing, which Lisa Kemmerer also discusses.
recommend Animals and World Religions to everyone as a reference
guide, for we all know religious people and need to be knowledgeable
when discussing with other people the need for all of us to return to
the golden age of peaceful living for all inhabitants of the world.
About the Author: Lisa Kemmerer (B.A. in international studies,
Reed College; M.T.S. in comparative religions, Harvard University
School; Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Glasgow, Scotland) is a
philosopher-activist, artist, and lover of wild places, who has hiked,
biked, kayaked, backpacked, and traveled widely. She is the author and
editor of several books, and is currently associate professor of
philosophy and religion at Montana State University, Billings.