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Without a uniform nutritional code, Christians all over the world used nutrients in strikingly alternative ways, constructing generally divergent practices that unfold, nurtured, and reinforced their non secular ideals and groups. that includes never-before released essays, this anthology follows the intersection of foodstuff and religion from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, charting the advanced courting between spiritual consuming behavior and politics, tradition, and social structure.

Theoretically wealthy and whole of attractive pics, essays think of the increase of meals procuring 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 construction in colonial the US, and the fight to outline "enlightened" Lenten nutritional regulations in early sleek France. Essays at the 19th century discover the spiritual 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 comprise the metaphysical importance of vegetarianism, the functionality of nutrition in Greek Orthodoxy, American Christian weight reduction courses, and the perform of silent consuming rituals between English Benedictine priests. introductory essays aspect the most important issues tying those essays jointly and survey food's function in constructing and disseminating the lessons of Christianity, let alone supplying a tangible adventure of faith.

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