I have, some little time previous, raised questions here regarding the relationship between the dominion mandate, sanctification, and principles of vegetarianism. I re-present them for your review, if that is something that you are interested in, below:
Rights v. Duties I
Rights v. Duties II
Apocalypse and Veganism I
Apocalypse and Veganism II
Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Chickens
Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Cows I
Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Cows II
Paedobaptism and Coco the Talking Gorilla
I do this for two reasons. One, I just picked up God’s Covenant with the Animals again and am working my way through it, so that’s what is coming down the old pike.
Secondly, I had a think today which may or may not be relevant to that discussion.
I overheard something from my eighth graders’ Medieval history class about a radical Christian sect (the Albigensians, I think) which eschewed any and all sexual relations, going so far as to avoid contact with all things created by sexual union, including what they ate (meat, eggs, etc.).
This made me wonder, could veganism be much the same thing? As the above articles indicate, I tend to lean in a vegetarian direction, though am not yet practically convinced of the necessity of such a diet at the present time.
Nevertheless, veganism seems to have an incipient servility to an abstract ideal which is at odds not just with cruelty or death, but with bodies and blood as such. The ascetic separation of self from the pains of the physical is as higher knowledge.
Moving in a vegetarian direction is one thing (though no “ideal” should ever drive our behaviour), but a pure veganism seems to be nothing better than the contemporary, secular West’s Gnosticism.