The Fellowship of Life
It seems the ethical case for vegetarianism is rarely associated with
However, the history of the Vegetarian movement in Britain reveals
the influence of every major Christian denomination and many prominent
Charles Wesley, CH Spurgeon, General William Booth, Lord Soper and
many other less well known believers contributed to the growth of humane
concern for the lives of other creatures.
Last week's report of a revival in the practise of Friday abstinence
concerns a separate, penitential tradition. However, the contemporary
context will probably invoke comparisons with the ethical and
environmental impetus behind 'Meat-Free Mondays'.
Catholics have no need to baulk in the event of such controversy.
Indeed, contrary to widespread assumption, the Christian voice has not
been completely silent or hostile in the course of religious expressions
of pity for slaughter-house victims over the past two centuries.
Anyone who may wish to explore the subject can freely access an
archive of recent research at: http://www.christianvegetarianarchive.blogspot.com
The Universe (29/5/11)
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