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Abstinence and justice: food in Christian tradition

6:05pm, Tuesday 4th April, at Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside


A Christian Social and Political Thought lecture by Dr David Grumett from the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.  


Food is a growing issue in the public mind and Christian theology has more to say about it than may be realized. In scripture and church tradition, fasting and abstinence have brought people together and helped to conserve and distribute scarce resources, especially during Lent. By reconnecting with these traditions, Christians may develop an informed ethical response to food production and usage of value in itself but also, by connecting with a concern of daily life, for mission.

Dr David Grumett is Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Theology on the Menu: Asceticism, Meat and Christian Diet (Routledge 2010) and of many other articles and chapters on food and Christian faith. He is the ethicist on the Farm Animal Welfare Committee, which advises UK governments on the welfare of farmed animals.



David Grumett