Food and Faith in Christian Culture (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

Food and Faith in Christian Culture (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

Ken Albala, Trudy Eden


Without a uniform nutritional code, Christians worldwide used foodstuff in strikingly other ways, constructing greatly divergent practices that unfold, nurtured, and bolstered their non secular ideals and groups. that includes never-before released essays, this anthology follows the intersection of meals and religion from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, charting the advanced dating between non secular consuming behavior and politics, tradition, and social structure.

Theoretically wealthy and entire of attractive pics, essays give some thought to the increase of foodstuff paying for and consumerism within the fourteenth century, the Reformation ideology of fasting and its ensuing sanctions opposed to luxurious consuming, the gender and racial politics of sacramental nutrition creation in colonial the USA, and the fight to outline "enlightened" Lenten nutritional regulations in early smooth France. Essays at the 19th century discover the non secular implications of wheat turning out to be and breadmaking between New Zealand's Maori inhabitants and the revival of the Agape meal, or love banquet, between American brethren in Christ Church. Twentieth-century issues comprise the metaphysical value of vegetarianism, the functionality of vitamin in Greek Orthodoxy, American Christian weight-loss courses, and the perform of silent consuming rituals between English Benedictine clergymen. introductory essays aspect the most important issues tying those essays jointly and survey food's position in constructing and disseminating the lessons of Christianity, let alone offering a tangible event of faith.

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