Giveaway: The Christian Philosophy of Food (book)


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.

The Giveaway

Win a copy of  The Christian Philosophy of Food by doing any or all of the following.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment on this post.  Say something about your philosophy of food.  🙂
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each place you share it.
  3. Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking here and to The Christian Philosophy of Food.  3 entries for this!
  4. Like The Christian Philosophy of Food on Facebook.

This giveaway has ended.  The winner was Mary Jo @ Covenant Homemaking.

Comments

  1. Shared on FB 🙂

  2. I listened to an interview with the author of this book on Generations with Vision… I’d love to be able to read the book too!

  3. We grow a few veggies and put up beans, and this year canning tomatoes. . . . organic grass fed beef is far too expensive for our family, and like others have said, you do what you can to keep your family healthy, avoiding processed and complex carb. foods. I agree with taking it easier for the sake of hospitality which is so important!

  4. My food philosophy is that we should eat real food as much as possible. I also believe that we should be good stewards of the earth in our farming practices. However, I believe that we need to live within our means, we need to use our time and money to glorify God, and we need to be a Mary and not a Martha. Therefore, sometimes eating food that is not “real” is necessary. I write my giving check for church before I buy groceries. I make sure my bills are paid before I buy groceries. I keep a few convenience foods around to make it easier to have company and take food to my Christian brethren when needed. I eat what is served to me at someone else’s house. I serve foods I would prefer not to because my husband or kids like them and it makes them feel special to have birthday cake or donuts or chips sometimes.

  5. would love to read. i need help in the arena of food. 🙂

  6. I think food merits our attention on numerous levels. First and foremost because food is of such cultural importance in the Bible. Secondly because it is a clear illustration of our lives: what we put in is what we get out sooner or later however. This thought can be taken deeper when we consider the fact that despite making an effort to eat healthily there will still be biological consequences on our body each time we gulp down a grease soaked french fry. In the same way no matter how many “good works” we do in this life there is a consequence for sin: death. The only way we can be “cleansed” of this is Jesus Christ. Thirdly, as Christians we have the opportunity to radiate an example to non-believers by eating healthy foods and indeed reaping both the short-term and long-term benefits. As a home schooled missionary kid I am really interested in how food, culture and spirituality interact. I aim to pursue nutritional studies after bible college.

  7. Food in our family is handled differently depending on the current circumstances. I’ve baked bread regularly, bought all organic fruit and veggies, we’ve drank only milk or water, bought raw goat or cow milk, served only fruit for snacks, and made homemade versions of some foods in order to avoid certain ingredients found in the store bought version.

    Since life is made up of seasons, these things usually don’t all happen at the same time. Maybe time is short due to painting the dining room, due to caring for my mother-in-law whom has Alzheimer’s, or some other reason. Then, store bought bread it is! Maybe money is needed for car repairs, so no organic produce this month. Chips and packaged cookies or candy in the house? Yes.

    While we certainly don’t do the very best we could, we do make an effort to eat in a way that we believe will be benefit our bodies instead of constantly tearing them down.

    Really interested in what this book has to say and dreaming of going the the VF food conference this summer.

  8. Kimberly Foster says:

    I was just looking up this book as was suggested off Generations with a Vision! Your giveaway came up! LOL. Of course, I hope I win!!!

  9. The least processed food is the better it will be used by the body. I am 12 weeks pregnant with our 7th baby and paying extra attention to nutrition. I would enjoy the opportunity to read this book. What I really want is to attend the Vision Forum food conference. This book might be a good warm-up for that.

  10. I know the author of this book! that makes me famous, right?

  11. This book sounds great. Our food philosophy is that the Bible has something to say about everything, including what we eat and how we treat our bodies. So, basically, we believe in eating things as much in their natural state as possible. And as for all the fad diets, science is always “proving” one thing and then another, usually contradicting itself. What God calls food we call food.

  12. We don’t generally eat a lot of processed food, we(I) are trying to get more fresh veggies in our diet.

  13. shared on facebook.

  14. liked on facebook.

  15. This book looks interesting. My philosophy is that we should try to eat as healthy as possible, avoiding processed and genetically modified. If we stay healthy we can be more available to be used by God. (in general, of course) We cannot be presumptious about our food intake.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  16. My philosophy on food is if God made it, and we eat those thing in their most “whole” form, then we are eating as God intended. I also believe that we must live within our means. I am blessed beyond reason. I have a wonderful husband, healthy children and a wonderful faith community. However, my family doesn’t have a large income. We can’t afford organics for the most part, and still stay within budget. I don’t worry about it. I know I am doing the best that I can for my family and the Lord will bless us!

  17. Franchesca says:

    This book sounds interesting. I’ve been learning about the importance of a proper perspective of food from one of the elders in my church; he and his family are spiritual teachers to me. We have discussed things like being thankful for our food simply doesn’t go as deep as it used to when we had to grow and harvest and make the food with our own hands. That can cause us to forget how it is God who provides and makes things grow for eating because we have become spoiled and used to getting the things we want in and out of season and whether the crop does good or grows poorly that year because we import so much. We also discussed feasting. And also, developing our culinary tastes, preferring well-made foods from good quality ingredients versus saying instant foods and boxed foods are good; taking at deeper look at saying those types of food are edible, but do they deserve to be called “good”. I think those book would be a good adjunct resource. I once even shared the mentality that being concerned about food was for health nuts. Now, I have even rubbed off on my mom who has begun to use less suger and eat things like butternut squash!

  18. Ashley Cross says:

    I would love to have this book! I hope I win 🙂

  19. Gosh I think I am trying to have a more pointed food philosophy now that I have a family to take care of. I want to make HEALTHY meals but not give my kids a bad view of “healthy” like I had growing up.

  20. Like the Christian Philosophy of Food on facebook.

  21. I would love to win the book! I feel like my “food philosophy” has just recently started as I only recently started to cook regularly for myself (long story…) and I would love to know more about food from a biblical perspective!

  22. I tell my children that their food should look as much like it did right before it died as possible. In other words, unprocessed. However, I do like to two-fist handfuls of frozen chocolate chips.

    And since I only recently stumbled upon your blog, can I just take a moment to say how much I love you? I keep waking up my husband next to me in bed as I read your old posts on my computer and laugh out loud.

  23. This sounds very interesting. It would be fun to read it. Thank you, Kim.

  24. Melissa M. says:

    Shared it on facebook. 🙂

  25. crystal m says:

    “liked” the book.

  26. crystal m says:

    facewbooked the giveaway

  27. crystal m says:

    my philosophy on food- the more natural, the better!

  28. I like food, and while in theory I prefer it to be healthy, I stash cookies in my pantry often as well 🙂

  29. My philosophy? I eat what I want, when I want it. Refuse to touch anything that is not full fat. So far it’s working great…..

    I liked William Williamon’s Sunday Supper (?). Need to reread it.

  30. Would love to read this. Balance is key here…. and since I first heard about the Nourishing Traditions protocol, I thought that this is an area where we believers need to take the lead (actually, all areas of life belong to us…. Christ is Lord over every aspect of life.) and have been ignoring the last several decades. We seem too quick on the one hand to eat junk food because we’re too busy living for Christ, but then we can swing to the other extreme and, as another commenter pointed out, spend more time in food preparation than in hospitality and reaching out with the gospel.
    Perhaps, this is due to our “re-inventing the wheel”,and not knowing how to incorporate real food with real living. Our generation especially needs to learn how to work for our daily bread…. not just pull it out of a package and press a few buttons.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. My food philosopy is morphing as I gain more knowledge. I do believe that eating foods the way they are created is best and avoid the processed man made foods. Though I do see a definite trend, among some Christains to put too much emphasis on food, ie. they spend more time reading labels and studying food than they spend studying scripture, and they spend more money on “organic” foods than on ministering to the needs of others. They think nothing of spending tons of time running from one health food store to the next and spending hours on meal preperation and menu planning, but never seem to have time to open their homes and dining rooms for hospitality. I think the Lord would disire that we seek Him first and keep food in a healthy balance…It is easy to make it an idol…both by trying to eat healthy as well as unhealthy gluttonous habits.

  32. Our family’s philosophy of food is trying to become more self sufficient and grow/raise as much of our own food as possible so we can *know* what is in our foods. We believe that food is a gift from God to us, to strengthen (or consequently weaken) our bodies.

    The topic of food was important enough to God to give the Israelites specific instructions regarding what was to be eaten and not eaten. Therefore, it IS a topic which we should consider important and study it out from Scripture.

    • God’s laws about what is not OK to eat are for our protection. For example, a university study determined that to kill trichinosis (the worms in pork), the pork had to be cooked until it turned to charcoal. In other words, pork cannot be cooked enough to make ot safe to eat and still edible. Shrimp, crabs, clams, oysters, etc., eat fish feces. Kind of gross, but true.

  33. I shared about it on facebook.

  34. I like the Christian Philosophy of Food on facebook

  35. This sounds like a very interesting book. I may have to get it to read even if I don’t win this giveaway.

  36. I would love to read this book. As someone who both believes adamantly that the health component of food is very important in life, but also sees that”controversial” foods such as meat (fat included), dairy, and grains are blessings from God, it can get difficult to find resources for my education which don’t fall to one extreme of thinking or the other.

  37. Our philosophy of food is generally, the closer something is to its state in Eden, the healthier it probably is. We avoid GMO’s, man-made “food”, etc.

  38. I liked The Christian Philosophy of Food’s page on FB. https://www.facebook.com/blessedNjoyful

  39. Heather Wawa says:

    The closer food is to the way God made it, the better it is for us.

  40. I studied nutrition in college, so I love reading food books. In general, I think whole, natural foods are best, but so many other things trump nutrition, especially hospitality, love for brothers and sisters, and wise financials. It’s very easy to make food into a righteousness issue, which is definitely isn’t!

  41. My philosophy of food is the more fresh and natural the better.

  42. Would love to have a copy.. I believe that God is interested in what we eat as we are temple of the Holy Spirit.

  43. I saw this book on the book table at the Family Economics conference. It really looked interesting to me. I don’t know if I really can articulate a philosophy of food–but I believe it is something God gave us to provide for us and can be fully enjoyed within the proper bounds. Food is one of those areas we’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived in and we tend to go to food for worship and comfort instead of seeking the Lord.

  44. HeatherHH says:

    That God gave us food to enjoy, but that like any gift it can be used in a harmful way (i.e. gluttony), and that in general it’s better to eat food closer to they way God made it or to what is described in the Bible (i.e. bread is praised a lot).

  45. Blogged about it and linked here and to Bringe’s website.

    http://miscellaneousmusings-x.blogspot.com/2012/03/christian-philosophy-of-food-giveaway.html

  46. Liked The Christian Philosophy of Food on facebook.

  47. Facebooked the giveaway.

  48. This sounds like an interesting read. I’ve been going through a food book binge the last few months. I’ve read everything by Michael Pollan, Nina Planck, a couple by Joel Salatin, two by Gary Taubes, and a few more stand alones like The Dirty Life about a journalist marrying a farmer, and Food Politics by Marion Nestle. Being a believer, I have my own philosophy/theology of food which changes as my information of food changes. In general, I believe if God made it, it must be good for us; whereas if man made it, it probably isn’t so good for us. But that is a generality and we’ve tampered with so much of what God has made in ways that we are often ignorant of. I would love to read the book and gain the insight of a food scientists kid.

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