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Good Eating (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) Paperback – October 1, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The Prism Diet. The Hallelujah Diet. The Weigh Down Diet. These and other Christian diet strategies have been big news in recent years. But even if you despise the genre, don't dismiss Stephen Webb's Good Eating: The Bible, Diet, and the Proper Love of Animals before you've digested it fully. Webb makes cogent comments about American Christians' obsession with food (which he calls, quite rightly, an idol) and proposes a moderate diet of "Christian vegetarianism" to reflect the anticipated, perfect kingdom of God. Arguing that "the unexamined meal is not worth eating," Webb draws on the Bible, the early church fathers and modern theology to demonstrate that Christians should think carefully about the consumption of animal flesh. It is, in all, a superb and meaty argument.
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In the diet-obsessed U.S., a book beginning with the claim that "the unexamined meal is not worth eating" really should find an audience, especially given the worldwide significance of food-related issues and the fact that Christianity is defined by a meal. Webb proposes a biblical alternative to the animal-rights movement, which he sees as largely anti-Christian. He articulates a biblical understanding of human-animal relationships by, he insists, sharpening the distinction between humans and animals rather than blurring it. He constructs his critique within a theology of diet, thereby taking up a long-neglected tradition that was influential in early Christianity and addressing historic questions about food and animals in relation to John the Baptist, Jesus, and the early church. Food, he notes, is essential in rituals that define us: we are what and how and with whom we eat. Hence, Webb writes near the end of the book, we need animal rites rather than animal rights. Even readers inclined to say that we need both will find the book fascinating. Steven Schroeder
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Product Details

  • Series: The Christian Practice of Everyday Life
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587430150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587430152
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Webb�s Good Eating is an immensely important contribution to the discussion of eating and ethics, love of God and care for the world. In his very readable, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable book, Webb takes up the difficult task of reclaiming the discourse and practice of vegetarianism from secular or non-Christian movements such animal rights, health consciousness, New Age or Eastern religions, in order to frame them in an authentic and Biblically-based Christian context. After discussing his own conversion to meatlessness as an integral part of his faith, Webb, a prominent theologian and professor, delves deeply into Biblical narratives and Christian history to examine teachings and practices of consumption. From the creation of animals as helpers in Eden to the dietary laws of Judaism, the Last Supper and the Eucharist to the fasting of the early Church Fathers, the abstention of heretics to the loss of the Biblical ideal of meatlessness, Webb problematizes conventional readings which assume a rationale for the eating flesh as an acceptable Christian practice. In their stead, he proposes a serious, provocative, and convincing theology of a truly compassionate and nonviolent stewardship of all of God�s creatures.
Yet even more compelling than his readings which demonstrate vegetarianism as intrinsic to the Christian tradition is his argument that not eating meat is a practice wholly consistent with living a Christian life and �one concrete way for Christians to experience and practice God�s grace� (41).
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This is a really great book, fun to read, and inspiring as well. There is more information here about the early church and biblical view of animals than in any other book I know of. This is a great read. The chapter on whether there will be animals in heaven is a classic. Definitely a must read.
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Members of all religious backgrounds will enjoy this humorous in-depth study of the theology of food. Looking from the Christian perspective, Webb studies a number of subjects ranging from the modern "meat and potatoes" meal to Christian justification for vegetarianism, from whether or not pets go to Heaven to Biblical dietary restrictions in the Old Testament. While it is a bit academic for bedtime reading, it's certainly worth the read for anyone seriously interested in the Christian theology behind a human activity that unites us all - eating.
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Wonderful, thoughtful book. I am reading through it a second time--there is so much here to absorb. I gave a copy to my veterinarian niece--she commented on how thorough and well reasoned it is. I wish I had had a copy when I wrote a note to friend concerning the loss of her beloved dog-- I could have given her much more hope and comfort having read the chapter "Will All Good Dogs Go to Heaven?". Instead of loaning this book out I plan to purchase a couple of copies for that purpose--I don't want to be without my copy which I've already marked up. This is definitely worth reading and having in your library.
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