Inviting Christ to the Dinner Table
While eating for optimal health and weight loss has been an American obsession for at least 100 years, the past decade has seen growth of a different kind of awareness; a food movement comprising culinary, agricultural, ethical, and environmental concerns. Writers such as Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver have shown us that the choices we make about what to eat touch more than just us. Americans have long been able to spend a lower percentage of income on food than any other industrialized country, but cheap food comes at a price, including environmental degradation, diet-related diseases (like Type II diabetes), and egregious suffering on the part of people and animals.
In Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, Duke theologian Norman Wirzba (author of Living the Sabbath) adds a distinctly Christian voice to the ongoing dialogues of the food movement. His approach begins with recognizing food as a gift from God. I interviewed Wirzba recently to ask him about his approach ...1