This book provides a comprehensive theological framework for assessing the significance of eating. Drawing on diverse theological, philosophical, and anthropological insights, it offers fresh ways to evaluate food production and consumption practices as they are being worked out in today's industrial food economy. Unlike books that focus primarily on vegetarianism and hunger-related concerns, this book broadens the scope of consideration to include the sacramental character of eating, the deep significance of hospitality, the meaning of death and sacrifice, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, the importance of saying grace, and the possibility of eating in heaven. Throughout, eating is presented as a way of enacting fidelity between persons, between people and fellow creatures, and between people and Earth. Food and Faith demonstrates that eating is of profound economic, moral, and spiritual significance. Revised throughout, this edition includes a new introduction and two chapters, as well as updated bibliography. The additions add significantly to the core idea of creaturely membership and hospitality through discussion of the microbiome revolution in science, and the daunting challenge of the Anthropocene.
Jonathan Merritt - author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch and contributing writer for The Atlantic
Larry Rasmussen - Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
C. Christopher Smith - founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Jennifer A. Herdt - Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale Divinity School
Margaret Feinberg - author of Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers
David P. Gushee - Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University and President of the American Academy of Religion
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