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CVA Weekly Newsletter
October 17, 2012

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Job and the Theodicy Problem, part 6 - Does God Care about Creation?
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Leslie, who table at the Tampa Veg Fest 2012, writes:
Our day went very well. There were lots of people to hand out brochures to. Our volunteers did a great job. We handed out about 2 boxes of brochures [600]. The day was great and sunny. There was a lot of education on veganism at Veg Fest, with many cooking classes, speakers, and films.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
10/25     OH          Circleville Kutless Christian Rock Concert
10/25-26              NC          Raleigh FREE Benny Hinn Miracle Service
10/25-27              FL            Tampa Joyce Meyers Conference
10/26     IN           Elkhart Kutless Christian Rock Concert
10/26-27              IL             Chicago Acquire The Fire Youth Conference
10/26-27              FL            Sunrise Women of Faith Conference
10/26-27              CA          Sacramento Women of Faith Conference
10/27     FL            Orlando TABLE Central Florida Veg Fest
10/27-28              MA         Boston TABLE Vegetarian Food Festival
10/28     MI          Sault Sainte Marie Kutless Christian Rock Concert
11/2-3   OH          Cleveland Acquire the Fire Youth Conference
11/2-3   MO        Kansas City Women of Faith Conference
11/2-3   CT           Hartford Women of Faith Conference
11/8-10                 TX           Houston Joyce Meyers Conference
11/9-10                 CA          Anaheim Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference
11/16-17              MT         Billings Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference
11/17     NY          Albany TABLE NY's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo
11/30     TX           Plano Women of Faith Christmas!
Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com if you can help. To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at:

2. Essay: Job and the Theodicy Problem, part 6 - Does God Care about Creation?
Previous essays have explored the Book of Job, which seems to offer an equivocal view of God as capricious and callous as well as just and compassionate. Is God complex and perhaps even inconsistent, similar to most people, or does some overriding principle characterizes God’s nature?

I suggest that God cares about creation, and I largely base that claim on the existence of conscious experience. While most properties of matter, such as hardness, color, and density, can be discerned from physical properties of atoms and molecules, science has offered little insight into about how inorganic, insensate matter can somehow have feelings. In other words, there are no evident properties of atoms or molecules that could account for conscious experience. A reasonable hypothesis is that consciousness is a metaphysical property that comes from a metaphysical source, which we call “God.”

Now, if God is the creator of consciousness, then it is reasonable to believe that God cares about the conscious beings for which God is responsible. If we are to serve God, we too should show concern for conscious beings, particularly those who are victimized by selfishness and greed. Is this a formal proof? No – and that’s why, at its core, Christianity is about faith. It is about faith that there is a God who cares, and if God cares then we as God’s servants should also care. Jesus said that we can distinguish true prophets from false prophets “by their fruits,” and those who claim to have faith but who show hardness of heart have a very limited and, from a practical standpoint, inconsequential faith.

I think Christianity calls us to have a faith akin to that of Jesus. Next week I’ll discuss a biblical basis for having the “faith of Christ.”

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
How Are We to be Seeking God?

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