Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture

Paperback | December 14, 2001

byDaniel Sack

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Americans love to eat. They are also deeply religious. So it’s no surprise that food has an important place in the religious lives of Americans.. They eat in worship services. They drink coffeein church basements. They feed neighbors and strangers in the name of their god. For countless American Protestants, food and church are inseparable. From dry cookies and punch at coffee hour to potlucks and spaghetti dinners, Whitebread Protestants looks at the role food plays in the daily life of white mainline Protestant congregations.

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Americans love to eat. They are also deeply religious. So it’s no surprise that food has an important place in the religious lives of Americans.. They eat in worship services. They drink coffeein church basements. They feed neighbors and strangers in the name of their god. For countless American Protestants, food and church are insepar...

Daniel Sack is program officer for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. He has taught at Hope College and Columbia Theological Seminary. He lives in suburban Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 4.94 × 0.7 inPublished:December 14, 2001Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312294425

ISBN - 13:9780312294427

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Liturgical Food: Communion Elements and Conflict * Social Food: Potlucks and Coffee Hours * Emergency Food: The Development of Soup Kitchens * Global Food: Hunger Politics * Moral Food: Eating as a Christian Should

Editorial Reviews

“[Sack mixes] serious inquiry with a healthy dollop of humor... [he] has rearranged a culture most often viewed as mainstream and boring and effectively served it up as a complex and even exotic morsel.” —New York Times Book Review“Every chapter is informative...The very trajectory of Mr. Sack’s narrative shows how a universal ethic, common to Christians and others, nonbelievers no less than believers, became the keynote of mainline Protestant approaches to food.” —New York Times“[An] engaging account of the role played by food in white, middle-class churches...” —The Christian Century“Sack... covers a lot of ground in considerable detail...” —Library Journal“Sack explores some of the nuances of the connection between church and food with deep affection...” —Chicago Tribune