Food and Faith : A Theology of Eating
This book provides a comprehensive theological framework for assessing significance of eating, employing a Trinitarian theological lens to evaluate food production and consumption practices as they are being worked out in today's industrial food systems. Norman Wirzba combines the tools of ecological, agrarian, cultural, biblical and theological analyses to draw a picture of eating that cares for creatures and that honors God. Unlike books that focus on vegetarianism or food distribution as the key theological matters, this book broadens the scope to include discussions on the sacramental character of eating, eating's ecological and social contexts, the meaning of death and sacrifice as they relate to eating, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, the importance of saying grace and whether or not there will be eating in Heaven. Food and Faith demonstrates that eating is of profound economic, moral and theological significance.
- Paperback | 266 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
- 31 May 2011
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Foreword Stanley Hauerwas; Preface; 1. Thinking theologically about food; 2. The 'roots' of eating: our life together in gardens; 3. Eating in exile: dysfunction in the world of food; 4. Life through death: sacrificial eating; 5. Eucharistic table manners: eating toward communion; 6. Saying grace; 7. Eating in Heaven?: consummating communion.
'... an important and timely book, profound and challenging ... Truly a tract for the times.' Tim Gorringe, St Luke's Professor of Theology, University of Exeter 'No reader will be able to take a mouthful of food in the same light again after reading this beautifully written and original book. It touches the heart of religious sensibility around food and invites a transformative response.' Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Chester 'This is a beautifully written book on a subject that is of profound import for Christian witness to a pagan consumer culture that shows increasingly callous disrespect for the Creation.' Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh 'Theology at its best: lucid, full of humility, drawing boldly on a wide range of sources, and making innovative connections with a subject vital to all human beings. Warmly recommended!' Christopher Southgate, University of Exeter 'Food and Faith is a delightful book, wonderfully written, with much to ponder.' Regent's Reviews 'This book will challenge you to embrace a broader call, this book will equip you to explain a more comprehensive stewardship, and this book will expose you to a wide range of thinkers who offer valuable insight into a theology of food and eating.' Evangelical Quarterly
About Norman Wirzba
Norman Wirzba is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of The Paradise of God (2007) and Living the Sabbath (2006), among other titles. He lectures widely on topics related to ecology, agriculture and food systems as they are philosophically and theologically understood.