Category Archives: Religious Antinature

Cartesian Madness & the Evil Demon

Dubbed the father of modern philosophy, René Descartes (1596–1650), like Aquinas, built a philosophy upon a foundation of superstitious imaginings from the Bronze Age. He arrived at conclusions that neatly gibed with Christian theology in a time when it would have been most unwise not to.

After the primary error of denying a God, he writes, there is nothing worse

that leads weak minds further from the straight path of virtue than that of imagining that the souls of the beasts are of the same nature as ours, and hence that after this present life we have nothing to fear or to hope for, any more than flies or ants.

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Genesis of World Bullies

What Aldous Huxley called “an unfortunate remark in Genesis” is really a few remarks that have justified centuries of disregard and abuses against nonhuman animals. Huxley was referring to how flippant remarks became highly influential through history by sheer chance. A few scrawls by an anonymous scribe, detailing what his desert tribe of ancient Hebrews believed concerning humans and the natural world, happened to pass through history on the back of an increasingly dominant religion. That effectively gave to humankind an animal killing, meat-eating manifesto in Genesis.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

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No Vegan Eden: the Hell of Dominion

Abrahamic religions’ perceptions of nonhuman animals—and for that matter, human animals under patriarchal control, be they women, children, or slaves—reflect the decision to settle for what the creator of the universe Himself considered to be second best. A world of animal killing, eating and exploitation was not the creator of the universe’s original intention for humans. The creator of the entire universe had a better plan, a plan that was His first choice.

The Bible explains that in the beginning God’s plan was for all creation to be vegetarian, as He announces when speaking of his provisions for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: • • •

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Christian Conservatives Tooth & Claw

Christian apologists are renowned for what Stephen Law describes as a “veneer of faux reasonableness.” [1]Stephen Law,Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole (New York: Prometheus Books, 2011), 11, 19, 193. Fake reasonableness is found in most statements religious apologists make about nonhuman animals—-for example, this from Michael J. Murray:

the duty to safeguard the integrity of nature is only a prima facie duty, one which can be overridden in those cases where violations of that integrity are necessary or prudent for securing greater goods.”[2]Michael J.

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Christian Disregard for Animals: A History to Darwin

Religions created a hell on earth for animals. It was achieved openly, it was officially condoned, it enthusiastically maintained, it was paraded in religious blood festivals. No peaceable kingdom came from religious doctrine. Regardless of when Genesis was written—by a divinely inspired Moses as less rigorous theologians maintain around 1450–1410 BCE, or in the 6th century BCE—the following is what we ended up with millennia later, as observed by Anna Kingsford in the late 1800s:

The great need of the popular form of the Christian religion is precisely a belief in the solidarity of all living beings. It is in this that Buddha surpassed Jesus – in this divine recognition of the universal right to charity.

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