Christian Food Restrictions

Restrictions on the type or quantity of food eaten, and the time or place of eating, are accepted to different degrees in different Christian denominations. Restrictions are observed in the Orthodox Churches as well as by Roman Catholics, although these are often absent from newer churches. They might apply to a particular season or day of the week and be either rule based or voluntary. Over a period of time, specific foods may be avoided (abstinence) or no food is consumed (fasting). In practice, Christian restrictions are often less codified than those of other religions and more likely to be observed from personal choice. Although they are often ignored or contested, restrictions have new relevance because of their frequently positive consequences for justice and ecology. ...

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