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. Throughout, between people and fellow creatures, eating is presented as a way of enacting fidelity between persons, and between people and Earth.
Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating #ad - 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. Unlike books that focus primarily on vegetarianism and hunger-related concerns, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, this book broadens the scope of consideration to include the sacramental character of eating, the importance of saying grace, the meaning of death and sacrifice, the deep significance of hospitality, and the possibility of eating in heaven.
Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and FaithSimon & Schuster #ad - After his agrarian conversion, bahnson started a faith-based community garden in rural North Carolina to help its members grow real food and to feed his own spiritual hunger. Part spiritual quest, part agricultural travelogue, this moving and profound exploration of the joy and solace found in returning to the garden is inspiring and beautiful.
A powerful, bahnson began to find answers not in a pulpit, personal story of how growing and sharing food pulls us closer to god like many seekers of the authentic life, Fred Bahnson sought answers to big questions like What does it mean to follow God? and How should I live my life? But after divinity school at Duke, but at the handle of a plow.
Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith #ad - Soil and sacrament is a book about communion in its deepest sense—an inspiring and joyful meditation on what grows above the earth, beneath it, and inside each one of us. Soil and sacrament tells the story of how bahnson and people of faith all over America are re-rooting themselves in the land, reconnecting with their food and each other, and praying with their very lives the prayer of the early Christian monks: “We beg you, make us truly alive.
Through his journeys to four different faith communities—catholic, Pentecostal, and Jewish—Bahnson explores the connections between spiritual nourishment and the way we feed our bodies with the sensitivity, personal knowledge, Protestant, and insight shared by Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.
Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the BibleCambridge University Press #ad - This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy.
This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel.
We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of GodEerdmans #ad - It opens in a garden and ends in a feast. Men and women nervous about stepping through church doors are finding God in new ways as they eat together. Records of the early church suggest that believers met for worship primarily through eating meals. Kendall vanderslice shares stories of churches worshiping around the table, introducing readers to the rising contemporary dinner-church movement.
We will feast provides vision and inspiration to readers longing to experience community in a real, physical way. Explores the practice of eating together as Christian worshipThe gospel story is filled with meals. Over time, though, churches have lost focus on the centrality of food— and with it a powerful tool for unifying Christ’s diverse body.
We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God #ad - But today a new movement is under way, race, age, bringing Christians of every denomination, and sexual orientation together around dinner tables.
From Nature to Creation The Church and Postmodern Culture: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our WorldBaker Academic #ad - How does christianity change the way we view the natural world? In this addition to a critically acclaimed series, environmentalists, renowned theologian Norman Wirzba engages philosophers, and cultural critics to show how the modern concept of nature has been deeply problematic. By learning to give thanks for creation as God's gift of life, Christians bear witness to the divine love that is reconciling all things to God.
Named a "best theology book of 2015, " englewood review of books"Best Example of Theology in Conversation with Urgent Contemporary Concerns" for 2015, Hearts & Minds Bookstore. He explains that understanding the world as creation rather than as nature or the environment makes possible an imagination shaped by practices of responsibility and gratitude, which can help bring healing to our lands and communities.
Good Food: Grounded Practical TheologyBaylor University Press #ad - Unable to trace the sources of their food, and perhaps even the ingredients, consumers are vulnerable to a deep and abiding alienation. Grounded in unflinching analysis and encompassing both theological and moral implications, Ayres examines actual religious practices of food justice, discovering in the process a grounded theology for food.
At the public policy level, legislation has increasingly favored mass-produced products in order to provide the largest amount of food to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible prices-- regardless of the consequences. Farmers and laborers struggle to find meaningful agricultural work that pays a livable wage.
Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology #ad - In the midst of the wounded food system, and in their imaginative work, they are hopeful but not naïve, the seeds for a thriving food system are taking root. And yet, at every turn, they confront brokenness in the food system. Good food is a practical theology grounded in a rich ethnographic study of the food practices of diverse faith communities and populations.
Access to healthy food is not secure. Still, orient themselves around the table, including the Christian tradition, many religions, a site for connection and nourishment. Good food equips readers with the theological and practical tools needed to safeguard that which sustains us: food. Animals and the land are abused.
Ayres challenges people of faith to participate in communal initiatives that will make a real difference--to support local farmers, grow their own food, and advocate for fair food policies.
Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? Global FuturesPolity #ad - Nearly a third of the world’s population suffers from hunger or malnutrition. Feeding them – and the projected population of 10 billion people by 2050 – has become a high-profile challenge for states, philanthropists, and even the Fortune 500 But will doing so tax the resources of our planet beyond its capacity? In this sobering essay, scholar-practitioner Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the ecological impact of doubling food production would be socially and environmentally catastrophic and would not feed the poor.
We have the technology, resources, and expertise to feed everyone. What is needed is a thorough transformation of the global food regime – one that increases equity while producing food and reversing agriculture’s environmental impacts. . This has unleashed a steady march of initiatives to double food production within a generation.
Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary ReflectionFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Supper of the lamb is a collection of recipes and essays by Robert F. Capon.
Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation Resources for ReconciliationIVP Books #ad - Because human beings are incarnated in material, land and sea, bodily existence, we are necessarily interdependent with plants and animals, heaven and earth. God is reconciling all things in heaven and on earth. We are alienated not only from one another, but also from the land that sustains us. Read this book to start down the path to restoring shalom and experiencing Jesus' kingdom of shared abundance, where neighbors are fed and all receive enough.
The good news is that redemption is cosmic, with implications for agriculture and ecology, from farm to dinner table. Bahnson and wirzba describe communities that model cooperative practices of relational life, with local food production, eucharistic eating and delight in God's provision. Reconciling with the land is a rich framework for a new way of life.
Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation Resources for Reconciliation #ad - Most of us have little understanding of how our energy is derived or our food is produced, and many of our current industrialized practices are both unhealthy for our bodies and unsustainable for the planet. Agriculturalist fred bahnson and theologian Norman Wirzba declare that in Christ, God reconciles all bodies into a peaceful, life-promoting relationship with one another.
Our ecosystems are increasingly damaged, and human bodies are likewise degraded.
Take This Bread: A Radical ConversionBallantine Books #ad - In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. Mine is a personal story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert. Sara milesraised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and a writer.
A lesbian left-wing journalist who covered revolutions around the world, Miles was not the woman her friends expected to see suddenly praising Jesus. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. Within a few years, the loaves had multiplied, and she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen more pantries.
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion #ad - Take this bread is rich with real-life dickensian characters–church ladies, child abusers, bishops, schizophrenics, millionaires, and thieves–all blown into Miles’s life by the relentless force of her newfound calling. She writes about the economy of hunger and the ugly politics of food; the meaning of prayer and the physicality of faith.
I was certainly not interested in becoming a Christian, ” she writes, as I thought of it rather less politely, “or, a religious nut. But she ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed. The mysterious sacrament of communion has sustained Miles ever since, in a faith she’d scorned, in work she’d never imagined.
Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ.
Living the Sabbath The Christian Practice of Everyday Life: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and DelightBrazos Press #ad - With practical examples, in our economies, in our homes, in school, Wirzba unpacks what that means for our daily lives at work, in our treatment of creation, and in church. Wirzba shows how sabbath is ultimately about delight in the goodness that God has made--in everything we do, every day of the week.
. This book will appeal to clergy and laypeople alike and to all who are seeking ways to discover the transformative power of Sabbath in their lives today. Sabbath is one day a week when we should rest from our otherwise harried lives, right? In Living the Sabbath, Norman Wirzba leads us to a much more holistic and rewarding understanding of Sabbath-keeping.