Christian Eating Practices and Eco-Theology in Conversation with World Religions 

Joseph Powell, University of Cambridge, leads this 5 week course online via Zoom on Wednesdays 26 January to 23 February, 7.30pm to c9.15pm 

Eating and enjoying food is something that connects all of humanity at its most fundamental level, and rites and rituals which surround this consumption are common to every community in the world - and no less so to Christians. Why is it then that people in the UK might more readily associate religious eating practices with Judaism, Islam or Hinduism? Whilst perhaps the recipient of less attention in contemporary Britain, the history, scriptural basis and development of Christian eating practices, as well as their interplay with the faith groups mentioned above, reveals an enormous amount about the communities which have interpreted them over millennia. Further, in an era now defined by acute ecological challenges the role these eating modes might have in responding to such challenges is under increasing examination. How can global agricultural policies reflect loving of thy neighbour? What does ‘stewardship’ mean for pastoral farmers in 2021? How would Jesus eat today?

This module will examine all of these questions, exploring the composition, development and eco-theological grounding of Christian eating practices both separately and in conversation with those of other World Religions. In doing so, we aim to connect ourselves more deeply with both that which appears on our plates and the plates of other humans worldwide.

This course can be taken as part of the Certificate in Theology, or Certificate in Theology Plus. Full essay information will be provided once the course has started. Please note you can enjoy the course without doing an essay for SACT. 

Cost: £70 

About Joseph Powell

Joseph is a PhD Theology Researcher at Cambridge University. 

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