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They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy Paperback – February, 2003
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Mr. Murti has unearthed a veritable goldmine of ancient writings from saints, philosophers, preachers and reformers. -- James N. Dawson
They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy will serve me as a treasured sourcebook for years to come. -- Norm Phelps
This book is incredibly rich in information about thinkers, ancient and modern, who affirmed a concern for all living beings. -- Rose Evans
About the Author
Writer and activist Vasu Murti was born and raised in Southern California in a family of South Indian brahmins. He holds degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California. He has written articles on a number of different topics, including secularism, science versus religion, animal rights, nuclear power, handgun control, Buddhism, abortion, illegal immigration, and drug legalization. He is a regular contributor to Harmony: Voices for a Just Future, a "consistent ethic" publication on the religious left. Murti is a "card-carrying" member of the ACLU, Feminists For Life, Amnesty International, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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He points out, "It is important to note that before the Flood, when humans were vegetarian, lifespans were measured in terms of centuries. Adam, for example, lived to be 930 years old... After the Flood, when flesh-eating was permitted, human lifespans were reduced to decades. Abraham, for example, lived to be only 175." (Pg. 2)
He argues, "It is significant that the idea that all foods are permissible is not recorded in Matthew, only in Mark. Even if true, would it justify unnecessarily harming or killing animals to begin with? Jesus' teachings on nonviolence, the kingdom of God, the morals standards given by God at the beginning of creation, and God's compassion for all living creatures suggest otherwise." (Pg. 26)
About Jesus' miracle in Matthew 14:19, he suggests, "Jesus' own recollection of the events suggests that only loaves were multiplied... The disciples, having forgotten to bring bread, misunderstood. 'O you of little faith,' exclaimed Jesus. 'Do you not... remember the five loaves of the five thousand... the seven loaves of the seven thousand and how many large baskets you took up?' (Matthew 16:5-12; Mark 8:14-21)" (Pg. 32)
He states, "Perhaps the real question true believers should be asking themselves on issues such as animal rights and vegetarianism is not, 'Why should Christians abstain from certain foods?' but rather, 'Why should Christians want to unnecessarily harm or kill God's innocent creatures in the first place?'" (Pg. 92) He adds, "There is nothing, therefore, in Scripture or Christian tradition that would prohibit Christian denominations from admitting that the concession to kill animals granted by God in Genesis 9:3... does not represent His highest hopes for humanity... and recognizing the virtues of vegetarianism." (Pg. 129)
This thought-provoking study will be of great interest to vegetarians and vegans with strong religious traditions.