By Ken Albala, Trudy Eden
Without a uniform nutritional code, Christians worldwide used foodstuff in strikingly other ways, constructing largely divergent practices that unfold, nurtured, and reinforced their spiritual ideals and groups. that includes never-before released essays, this anthology follows the intersection of nutrients and religion from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, charting the complicated dating between non secular consuming conduct and politics, tradition, and social structure.
Theoretically wealthy and whole of enticing photographs, essays give some thought to the increase of meals 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 meals creation in colonial the USA, and the fight to outline "enlightened" Lenten nutritional regulations in early glossy France. Essays at the 19th century discover the non secular implications of wheat transforming into 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 themes contain the metaphysical importance of vegetarianism, the functionality of vitamin in Greek Orthodoxy, American Christian weight-loss courses, and the perform of silent consuming rituals between English Benedictine priests. introductory essays element the foremost subject matters tying those essays jointly and survey food's position in constructing and disseminating the lessons of Christianity, let alone delivering a tangible event of faith.