Books by Type (Categorical Listing)
Andrew Linzey. Animal Gospel. Louisville, Westminster
John Knox, 1999. Prof. Linzey argues that reverence for God and
respect for God’s creation mandates respectful treatment of animals.
Stephen H. Webb. On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of
Compassion for Animals. New York, Oxford University Press, 1998.
Prof. Webb’s scholarly study suggests that grace and redemption
often involve loving and compassionate relationships with towards
Stephen H. Webb. Good Eating: The Bible, Diet and the
Proper Love of Animals, 2001, in press.
Richard Alan Young. Is God a Vegetarian? Christianity,
Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights. Chicago, Open Court, 1989. Prof.
Young makes a compelling case that vegetarianism accords with God’s
Vegetarianism -- General/Introductions
Keith Akers. A Vegetarian Sourcebook: The Nutrition,
Ecology and Ethics of a Natural Foods Diet. Denver, CO, Vegetarian
Press, 1993. This is an excellent resource on the harmfulness of
animal-based diets to the environment, animals, and human health,
and the appendix includes some tasty recipes.
Paul R. Amato, and Sonia A. Partridge. The New
Vegetarians: Promoting Health and Protecting Life. New York, Plenum
Press, 1989. This book looks at the history of vegetarianism,
reasons for becoming vegetarian, transitioning to vegetarianism, and
enjoying a vegetarian lifestyle in a culture that is largely
Erik Marcus. Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating. Ithica, New
York, McBooks Press, 1998.
Marcus expertly details the negative health, environmental, and
other ethical problems inherent in modern animal agriculture. One of
the best, most concise introductions to the "new ethics of eating."
Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis, and Victoria Harrison.
Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy
Vegetarian Diet. Summertown, Tennessee, Book Publishing Company,
1995. This is an excellent guide to healthy vegetarian living, with
Virginia Messina and Mark Messina. The Vegetarian Way:
Total Health for You and Your Family. New York, Three Rivers Press,
1996. An excellent, comprehensive book that covers virtually all
aspects of vegetarian eating, from infancy and adulthood, with
sections on those with special needs, such as pregnant women and
Vegetarianism -- Health
Neal Barnard. Food for Life: How the New Four Food Groups
Can Save Your Life. New York, Three Rivers Press, 1993. Dr. Barnard,
President of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, shows
how a vegetarian diet promotes your health, and he includes tasty
Neal Barnard. Turn Off the Fat Genes. New York, Harmony
Books, 2001. Dr. Barnard explains how a vegetarian diet is the best
way to take off, and keep off, unhealthy excess body fat.
Robert Cohen. Milk: A-Z. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Argus
Publishing, 2001. In this follow-up to Milk: the Deadly Poison,
"the Not Milk Man," Robert Cohen demonstrates that while milk may be
the perfect food for calves, it certainly is not for humans. Cow’s
milk contains many proteins and hormones that promote human disease.
Antibiotics, hormones, and other modern additives make milk
William Harris. The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.
Honolulu, HI, Hawaii Health Publishers, 1995. The author, a
physician, show that a vegetarian diet confers substantial health
benefits. He clearly describes how plant-based foods best serve the
human body’s nutrient needs.
Michael Klaper. Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple. Maui,
Hawaii, Gentle World, 1992. Dietary guidelines and sample meal
planning, with recipes.
Judy Krizmanic. The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook. New York,
Puffin Books, 1999. This book offers easy, tasty, and healthful
recipes that teens would like.
Vegetarian Times. Vegetarian Times Vegetarian Beginner’s
Guide. New York, McMillan, 1996. This short book contains useful
nutritional information, recipes, and strategies for vegetarian
George H. Malkmus. Shippensburg, PA, Treasure House,
1995. Why Christians Get Sick. Rev. Malkmus, founder of
Hallelujah Acres, asserts that the Bible demonstrates that a
vegetarian diet is optimal for human health.
Howard Lyman. Mad
Cowboy. New York, Scribner, 1998. Lyman, who was sued after
appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, shows that eating cows poses
serious threats to human health, including a risk of the human form
of "mad cow disease."
Vegetarianism -- Spiritual
Adams, Carol. Living Among Meat-Eaters. New York, Three
Rivers Press, 2001. Adams explores the reasons people resist
vegetarianism, and she offers helpful advice coping with obnoxious
or insensitive meat-eaters.
Carol Adams. The Inner Art of Vegetarianism: Spiritual
Practices for Body and Soul. New York, Lantern Books, 2000. Adams
shows how mindful spiritual practices encourage vegetarianism, and
vegetarianism can enhance one’s spiritual being.
Rynn Berry. Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism & the
World’s Religions. New York, Pythagorean Publishers, 1998. Berry
shows that all the world’s major religions support a cruelty-free
Vegetarianism -- Animals
Karen Davis. Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside
Look at the Modern Poultry Industry. Summertown, Tennessee, Book
Publishing Company, 1996. Davis exposes the poultry industry's
cruelties, resulting in unhealthy foods.
Gail Eisnitz. Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed,
Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry.
Amherst, New York, Prometheus Books, 1997. Eisnitz documents the
trauma to animals and humans inherent in modern high-speed
Ann Cottrell Free. Animals, Nature & Albert Schweitzer.
New York, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 1982. This short book
demonstrates that animal welfare concerns were integral to
Schweitzer’s philosophy of reverence for all life.
Jim Mason and Peter Singer. Animal Factories. New York,
Crown Publishers, 1980. This book exposes the cruelties inherent in
modern factory farming.
Charles Pinches and Jay McDaniel, eds. Good News for
Animals? Maryknoll, New York, Orbis, 1993.
Martin Rowe, ed. The Way of Compassion: Vegetarianism,
Environmentalism, Animal Advocacy, and Social Justice. New York,
Stealth Technologies, 1999. This is an excellent essay collection.
Vegetarianism -- Ecology (Environmental)
G. Tansey and J D’Silva. The Meat Business: Devouring a
Hungry Planet. London, Earthscan, 1999. The authors show that
meat-based diets undermine long-term crop sustainability.
Vegetarianism -- Liberal Theological
(Unitarian and other non-orthodox perspectives.)
Keith Akers. The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living
and Nonviolence in Early Christianity. New York, Lantern Books,
2000. This recent book studies the Jewish Christian movement, which
consisted of Jesus’ first followers and their descendents. They
believed in pacifism and vegetarianism, which they claimed to derive
from Jesus’ ministry.
J.R. Hyland. God’s Covenant with Animals: A Biblical
Basis for Humane Treatment of All Creatures. New York, Lantern
Books, 2000. Rev. Hyland discusses the biblical basis for
vegetarianism, and pays particular attention to the theological
implications of God’s covenant with animals after the Flood.
Gary Kowalski. The Bible According to Noah: Theology as
if Animals Mattered. New York, Lantern Books, 2001.
[The above three titles are all available online from
They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy: Animal Rights and Vegetarianism in
the Western Religious Traditions. Available from 30 Villanova
Lane, Oakland, California 94611, 1995. Murti shows that the
Judeo-Christian traditions strongly encourage a vegetarian diet.
Carl Anders Skriver. The Forgotten Beginnings of Creation
and Christianity. Denver, Vegetarian Press, 1991. This book explores
the biblical basis for vegetarianism.
Charles Vaklavic. The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ: The
Pacifism, Communalism, and Vegetarianism of Primitive Christianity.
Three Rivers, CA, Kaweah Press, 1987. This ground-breaking book
examines the early church fathers’ writings and other ancient
literature to conclude that Jesus and his community were related to
the Essene movement, and they practiced pacifism, communalism, and
vegetarianism. In my opinion, Keith Akers' book, The Lost
Religion of Jesus, effectively extends Vaklavic’s argument.