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Jesus Ate Meat to be "Inclusive", claims Fake Vegetarian Theologian Dr. Stephen H. Webb. By Dr. Chapman Chen


Summary: Dr. Stephen H. Webb is a self-contradictory, two-faced fake Christian vegetarian theologian. He claims that Christian vegetarianism is an impossible diet, an almost unreachable ideal (BeliefNet 2003). He says God loves all suffering animals (Webb 2001:140), but he also says strict vegetarianism is not morally obligatory (Webb 2001:228; BeliefNet 2003) but self-righteous (Webb 2001:13), on the ground that humans have God-given power to use animals responsibly (Webb 2001:37), and that even veganism will inevitably impact other creatures (Webb 2001:263). He confesses that Jesus liberated the animals in cleansing the Temple (Webb 2001:95-99), but he also alleges that Jesus from time to time ate meat for fear of being labeled a heretic (BeliefNet 2003) and alienating people (Webb 2001:132-134, 142). Webb opines that animals should be treated with compassion and respect (Webb 2001:140, 220), but he himself supports factory farming, and scandalously speculates that Jesus's likely to frequent McDonald's (Webb 2011b:26) if He were to live on Earth today.

1. Who's Stephen H. Webb?


Stephen H. Webb (March 13, 1961 – March 5, 2016) was a US theologian and philosopher of religion. Webb graduated from Wabash College in 1983, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and taught at Wabash College as Professor of Religion and Philosophy from 1988 to 2012. Born in 1961 and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, he grew up at Englewood Christian Church, an evangelical church in the Restoration Movement. He joined the Disciples of Christ during graduate school but soon became disenchanted with their theological direction. He was briefly a Lutheran, and on Easter Sunday, 2007, he officially became a member of the Catholic Church, in which he remained for the rest of his life.


Webb was known for his scholarship and journalism on animals, vegetarianism, and diet. He co-founded the Christian Vegetarian Association, but was removed from his position as co-chairman in 2006 after writing several articles in which he admitted to eating meat occasionally, while promoting vegetarianism. The author of Good Eating: The Bible, Diet, and the Proper Love of Animals -- published in 2001 by Brazos Press in Ada -- Webb described himself as an "evangelical theologian" whose vegetarian lifestyle is biblically based. In May 2003, he gave an interview to Beliefnet on reading the Bible "with the eyes of animal compassion." 

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