Updates and Recent Readings (and Listenings)

I apologize for the relative lack of engaging writing here (that is, for mostly posting links and quotes without much of my own reflection). I have been bogged down with work and other commitments and so have been unable to focus much time to reading or writing lately. I do have a few reviews planned however, and I will hopefully be able to start posting more regularly in the near future. I will also be continuing the discussion of “Evolution, Creation and Eschatology in Christian Arguments for Vegetarianism” in upcoming weeks. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are some articles (and audio) for you to check out:

(1) Catholic moral theologian, Charles Camosy’s new book For the Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action will be out in the US on the Oct 15th (Just 8 days from today!). Beth Haile has a thoughtful review of Camosy’s book up at Catholic Moral Theology.

(2) David Clough has been kind enough to send me a link to the audio and transcript to a great sermon he delivered by at St. John’s College, Cambridge on “Animals and Creation”. Be sure to give it a listen!

(3) Matthew Scully (Not a theologian, but someone who has written extensively about Christian ethics and Animals) has written an interesting piece on being “pro-life” and “vegan”. Whatever your stance is on either of these issues, Scully’s article is thought-provoking and very well-written, and brings together two issues that aren’t typically associated with one another. (Also, from a similar perspective, is this article written by Charles Camosy).

Andy Alexis-Baker Interview on ‘Animal Voices’

Andy Alexis-Baker, co-founder of Jesus-Radicals, and co-editor of A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Care for Animals has an interview with Erin O’Sullivan on ‘Animal Voices’ about this anthology and about Christian vegetarianism in general. The audio is available here, and is worth a listen.

The only thing I would like to have heard a bit more about, was the distinction that Alexis-Baker sort of started to make (when asked if he thought Jesus was a vegetarian) between the somewhat superficial “Christians-should-do-everything-Jesus-did” approach, and a more Christologically informed imatatio Christi. In particular, I would like to hear from him, what such a Christological vegetarianism would look like: is it a form of kenotic asceticism rooted in the self-emptying of Christ for the sake of others? Does it stem from an understanding of the Incarnation as a radical solidarity with the weak and suffering? I assume that the answer is yes. But it would have been nice, for those listening who might not think to make such a distinction, to hear a bit more on this.