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  1. Religious Vegetarianism:  From Hesiod to the Dalai Lama
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  2. Religious Vegetarianism: From Hesiod to the Dalai Lama

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Stretching back more than two thousand years and spanning diverse traditions, religious vegetarianism has an ancient and rich history. In this book, Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess gather writings that reflect devotional as well as more analytical responses to age-old questions of animal suffering, dietary practice, and human responsibility. These include writings from ancient Orphic and Pythagorean authors, writings that span centuries of Indian and Buddhist thought, and writings from the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions. Interesting both to those well-versed in the literature of vegetarianism as well as to others encountering it for the first time, are tensions within traditions over the use of animals for food--whether such use is consonant with fundamental values of the faith, whether religious law or tradition requires vegetarian practice, and what place animals are thought to hold in the order of nature.

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I've been looking forward to the publication of this book ever since I heard it was in the works two years ago. It was worth every bit of the wait. It's an excellent companion to Walters and Portmess Ethical Vegetarianism, but it's also a fine book by itself. It discusses religious justifications of vegetarianism from a number of religious traditions. I was especially intrigued by the discussions of Xtian and Jewish vegetarianism. I always thought that there was no spiritual support in these two traditions for vegetarianism, but now I see that this is plain wrong. In fact, Both Xtianity and Judaism have a long tradition of compassion for animals. You just have to do a little reading between the lines. If you're looking for a spiritual grounding for your vegetarianism, get this book. It's great!
This book is a breath of fresh air. All we hear about today when it comes to religions is how they breed intolerance and violence. That may be so for the most part, but Religious Vegetarianism shows the other side. All the major world traditions also have a core of peacefulness and love that extends to humans, animals, and the earth itself. This book shows one way that this core works itself out in practical terms--through what the authors call religious vegetarianism. I give it four starts instead of five because it doesn't discuss paganism, which is the most eco-sensitive of all the world's religions. But it's still a very good read.
This book is an eyeopener. For the vegetarian as well as the nonvegetarian. It gives a good account of how different religious faiths around the world and across time have preached a meatless diet. It's pretty well known that buddhists and hindus preach vegetarianism, but I was particularly interested to learn there is a strong tradition of vegetarianism in the Jewish and Christian traditions.
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