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|| Introduction / Trudy Eden -- Historical background to food and Christianity / Ken Albala -- The urban influence : shopping and consumption at the Florentine Monastery of Santa Trinità in the mid-fourteenth century / Salvatore D.S. Musumeci -- The ideology of fasting in the Reformation era / Ken Albala -- The food police : sumptuary prohibitions of food in the Reformation / Johanna B. Moyer -- Dirty things : bread, maize, women and Christian identity in sixteenth-century America / Heather Martel -- Enlightened fasting : religious conviction, scientific inquiry, and medical knowledge in early modern France / Sydney Watts -- The sanctity of bread : missionaries and the promotion of wheat growing among the New Zealand Maori / Hazel Petrie -- Commensality and love feast : the agape meal in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Brethren in Christ Church / Heidi Oberholtzer Lee -- Metaphysics and meatless meals : why food mattered when the mind was everything / Trudy Eden -- Fasting and food habits in the Eastern Orthodox Church / Antonia-Leda Matalas, Eleni Tourlouki, and Chrystalleni Lazarou -- Divine dieting : a cultural analysis of Christian weight loss programs / Samantha Kwan and Christine Sheikh -- Eating in silence in an English Benedictine monastery / Richard D.G. Irvine.
|| Without a uniform dietary code, Christians around the world used food in strikingly different ways, developing widely divergent practices that spread, nurtured, and strengthened their religious beliefs and communities. These never-before published essays map the intersection of food and faith over the past five centuries, charting the complex relationship between religious eating habits and politics, social structure and culture. Theoretically rich and full of engaging portraits, essays consider the rise of food buying and consumerism in the fourteenth century, the Reformation ideology of fasting and its resulting sanctions against sumptuous eating, the gender and racial politics of sacramental food production in colonial America, and the struggle to define "englightened" Lenten dietary restrictions in early modern France. Essays on the nineteenth century explore the religious implications of wheat growing and breadmaking among New Zealand's Maori population and the revival of Agape meal, or love feast, among American brethren in Christ Church. Twentieth-century topics include the metaphysical significance of vegetarianism, the function of diet in Greek Orthodoxy, American Christian weight loss programs, and the practice of silent eating rituals among English Benedictine monks.