This week’s giveaway is a little paperback with an ambitious title: The Christian Philosophy of Food. Maybe you’re surprised at the claim that there is a Christian philosophy of food?
What is so important about food? Is it really worth this much attention? On a basic level we can see that though we make our food, our food also makes us. You cannot escape food. It is one of the basic needs to survive; there are few others that are more integrated into our lives. What else have you done three times a day for your entire life? What we choose to eat affects our life tremendously, and our life affects what food we choose. It is vitally important to think about our food.
The author is a homeschool graduate, son of a PhD food scientist, and draws much of the book from dinnertime discussions. He presents an interesting blend of perspectives.
Food is studied by nutritionists and chefs alike. Generally speaking, the scientific nutritionist looks at food as being composed of both healthful nutrients and harmful toxins or bacteria, mostly disregarding the art of food. Then the chefs look at the taste and presentation of food with little regard for health consequences. You either end up with food that is nutritious but tasteless or very tasty food that is a “heartattack on a plate.” Thus, food is a complex subject because it is a source of both nutrition and beauty. Both are important to Christians. As Christians, our whole persons are valuable, both the soul and the body, and thus health is important and not to be set aside as something that only “health nuts” think about.
The author makes a lot of theological statements on points that many people will consider debatable, and while he does footnote many of his scientific references there are many more points for which I would love to see more support. But this book never claims to be comprehensive. Think of it as a starting point, not an exhaustive work.
“Peter Bringe presents a careful, balanced, biblical approach to this important area of life that touches every one of us, every day. It is time for Christians to reexamine their eating habits, and realign their lives according to the principles and priorities offered in God’s Word.”~Kevin Swanson,Pastor, Reformation Church;
Director, Generations with Vision.
While I don’t agree with some of his statements, I do think this book does exactly what it’s intended to do: get us thinking about how our diets can and should glorify God, just like every other aspect of life.
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This giveaway has ended. The winner was Mary Jo @ Covenant Homemaking.