Friday, 29 April 2011

Quotation: Ronald M. Lightowler (1959)

"While we realise that there are a great many Christians to whom our plea would be in vain, may we ask those who are Christians in heart and spirit, and not merely of the intellect, to consider well what they do, especially when they approach the Altar to make their Christmas Communion, in the light of the words of one of the beautiful prayers in the Anglican liturgy, "here we offer and present unto Thee O Lord ourselves, our souls and bodies to be a holy, reasonable and living sacrifice. . . "

Those bodies which you offer, of what are they built up, of the pure substances provided in the "kindly fruits of the earth" or of the flesh of the slaughtered creatures of the same Creator Who also created you?"

From: 'Christians Awake' - Editorial in The British Vegetarian (November/December 1959)

See also letters from 1953 and 1974

Saturday, 23 April 2011

'Christ Crucified' by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Short excerpt from her Poems of Experience (Gay & Hancock, 1910)which appeared in The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review of October 1941.

Friday, 15 April 2011

'The Animal Kingdom - Why? Whence? Whither?' by Basil Viney

A short treatise which explores the origins, nature and destiny of creation by a clergyman of the Unitarian church.

Published by James Clarke & Co. Ltd, 1965

See: Autobiography

Sunday, 10 April 2011

'Christianity and Flesh-Eating' by the Rev and Hon. Edward Lyttelton: Part 1

The London Vegetarian Society published a five-part series of essays by Canon Lyttelton during the course of a year, commencing in the September 1918 edition of The Vegetarian.

I'll feature the five installments on a monthly basis.

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Monday, 4 April 2011

'The Last Wesleyan: A life of Donald Soper' by Mark Peel

Published in partnership with Scotforth Books (2008)

The author reveals:

"In 1947 he was so repelled by the smell at an Australian slaughterhouse at which he was preaching, and the chilling sight of the animals awaiting their fate, that he vowed to become a vegetarian, a pledge he kept till 1963 when, on doctors' advice, he began eating some white meat to increase his protein levels. As more literature came to light exposing the cruelty animals were subjected to, Donald became more uncompromising in their defence. He opposed the staging of the Grand National, Britain's premier steeplechase, because of the grievous - sometimes mortal - injuries sustained by some of the horses due to the challenging nature of the jumps. Then at Christmas 1955, he incurred unpopularity with his children by denying them their annual trip to the circus because of his contention that performing animals were made to suffer unnecessary pain. He even began to wear plastic shoes, after being criticised at Tower Hill for wearing leather ones, at variance with his vegetarianism." (p262)

See also: 'Quotation'