In 1817, members of a British sect called Bible Christians arrived in Philadelphia and set up a church in rented rooms, preaching abstinence from alcohol and from meat.
Whether or not Graham was directly "converted" to vegetarianism by the Bible Christians, his advocacy and his growing national profile supplied a megaphone to the cause.
Catholics, routinely or with piety, pray, 'Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners!' Bible Christians
know that the Bible refers to her as 'the mother of my Lord,' and Lord (Adonai) means God.
Vegetarianism landed here with our first settlers, among groups such as Bible Christians
and followers of Sylvester Graham.
the prolongation of human life"; reform of English spelling was another shared enthusiasm; Bible Christians
(Cowherdites) were prominent among the founders in 1847 of the Vegetarian Society (24).
Defying the notion that American vegetariasm sprang solely from the 1960's radical counterculture, Vegetarian America examines movements from a wide variety of eras, and the physicians, socialites, feminists and other prominent figures who embraced it, from Johnny Appleseed and the Bible Christians
to John Harvey Kellogg and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.