Welcome to our Thoughtful Eating research homepage: here we have gathered together a variety of resources connected to our research, including blogs, recommended resources, and recipes. If you want to know more, or have any questions, let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contents on this page
- 'Thoughtful Eating' Book
- Executive summary
- Podcast Series: 'Eating Thoughtfully'
- Annual Lecture
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Thoughtful Eating: a biblical perspective on food, relationships and the environment
Eating is never a solitary act; each meal connects us to a food chain, precious resources, human labour and a global ecology. Given the growing environmental impacts and social consequences of today’s agricultural practices, urgent action is needed. Our new book (available to purchase here) outlines biblical principles regarding food and proposes a framework for thoughtful eating - so that we can learn to eat joyfully, relationally and sustainably.
'If you are someone who farms, preaches, shops or even just eats, you need to read this!' - Dave Bookless, Director of Theology, A Rocha International
This executive summary highlights the key points from our research on food, relationships and the environment.
Podcast Series: Eating Thoughtfully
This four-part podcast series explores the intersection between food,
the Bible, relationships and the environment. It features interviews
with some of the leading Christian thinkers and activists on food and
the environment, including Ruth Valerio (Director of Global Advocacy,
Tearfund), Professor Norman Wirzba (author of ‘Food and Faith: A
Theology of Eating’) and Caroline Pomeroy (Director, Climate Stewards).
Available to listen here.
A collection of shorter pieces, which borrow ideas from our research, or are on similar topics.
- ‘Let nothing be wasted’: learning from Jesus’ food ethics
- Love thy neighbour, love thy planet
- Insect collapse
- School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8
- Christianity, anthropocentrism and reframing the narrative
This year’s Social Reformers Summer School had the theme, ‘Food, relationships and the environment’ and it ended with our first annual lecture by David Nussbaum on ‘Eating and the common good.’ David is CEO of The Elders (an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights founded by Nelson Mandela) and formerly CEO at WWF-UK and at Transparency International. His lecture addressed the question, is there a way to eat that is good for me, good for others and good for the planet? You can read, watch or listen to the lecture using the links below.
This is a list of recommended resources for thinking about food, relationships and the environment. (Their inclusion here does not indicate an endorsement.)
Cambridge Papers is a quarterly publication from Jubilee Centre which aims to contribute to debate on a wide range of issues from a Christian perspective. The following papers are helpful for thinking about the environment. (Paper copies are also available to order.)
- The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless
- A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White
'Thinking Biblically About...' Booklets
The Thinking Biblically About... booklets from Jubilee Centre are designed and written as an introduction to issues for Christians in public leadership, for use by small groups in church, and for students wanting to consider hot topics from a biblical viewpoint. Below are a couple of booklets relevant to our topic. (Paper copies are also available to order.)
Audio and video
- The Poetry of Creatures - this episode of the podcast On Being features an interview with biblical scholar Ellen Davis, and poetry by Christian poet and farmer Wendell Berry. Davis and Berry are both important voices in the discussion around Christianity, agriculture and the environment.
- The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it - a TED talk by Christian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe.
- Food Rules for Healthy People and Planet - a talk by influential food writer Michael Pollan.
- Food, Farming and Faith - a 10-minute talk by theologian Norman Wirzba.
- Eating and Drinking - an eight-part sermon series from Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, featuring John Mark Comer and other speakers.
These books are recommended for those who want to learn more about some of the ideas discussed in Thoughtful Eating.
- A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester, 2011. Reflections on food and relationships based on key passages from the Gospel of Luke.
- Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible by Ellen Davis, 2009. Davis explores the biblical authors' attitude to caring for the land, and what this has to teach us in our own time.
- Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating by L. Shannon Jung, 2004. Wide-ranging book including theological reflections on food and eating, as well as discussion of eating disorders, food systems, and personal and communal responses.
- In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan, 2008. Pollan assesses eating and nutrition, arguing for a simple food philosophy: 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.'
- Creation in Crisis: Christian perspectives on sustainability by Robert S. White (ed.), 2009. Essays covering a variety of topics, including theological, scientific and practical material.
- The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson, 2019. (Read our review here.) Thoroughly researched, this book examines modern eating habits, setting them in historical context, and suggests ways we can eat more healthily as individuals and societies.
- Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba, 2019 (2nd ed.). Wide-ranging theological reflections on food and eating, including the sacramental character of eating, the deep significance of hospitality, and the importance of receiving food as a gift from God.
A few of our favourite recipes - mainly plant-based for the reasons set out in our research.