By Michael Skriver
Dr. Carl Anders Skriver has been a leading figure in the vegetarian movement during the last 60 plus years. Born on December 8, 1903 – 110 years ago – his view of the world changed forever at the age of 17 after reading texts on the teachings of Gautama Buddha. As a consequence he was no longer able to contemplate the killing and eating of animals. He studied classical Indology for his doctorate in philosophy (The Idea of Creation in Vedic Literature).
On encouragement of his Buddhist friend Hans Much, Professor of Medicine, he then studied theology. Another challenge was posed by the question: Was the love of Buddha greater, and much more inclusive, than the compassion of Jesus? Surprisingly, the result of serious historic research was: no. Some of the original teachings of the historical Jesus and first Christianity were radically different from the currently accepted doctrines of the churches.
His book: The Churches’ Betrayal of the Animals (first edition 1967, now being translated into English) became a bestseller. Thirty years after his death, it remains popular today.
Numerous articles of his were published in vegetarian magazines over many decades. He published a number of books on this and related subjects. He was a co-founder of the German Vegetarian Council (Deutscher Vegetarier-Rat) in 1956, Vice President of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU), and a life member of the British Vegan Society.
One other book of his has been translated into English so far and was published by Keith Akers: The Forgotten Beginnings of Creation and Christianity, 175 pages, Vegetarian Press, Denver, 1990.
Michael Skriver, Cape Town
[Read more about The Forgotten Beginnings of Creation and Christianity (in English) here. You can buy a new copy from The American Vegan Society (p. 28 of their catalog), or order a used copy from Abebooks or from Amazon.]