Religion and Wine: A Cultural History of Wine Drinking in the United States

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Wine, more than any other food or beverage, is intimately associated with religious experience and celebratory rituals. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in American cultural history. From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock to the Franciscans and Jesuits who pioneered California's Mission Trail, many American religious groups have required wine to perform their sacraments and enliven their evening meals. This book tells the story of how viniculture in America was started and sustained by a broad spectrum of ...
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Overview

Wine, more than any other food or beverage, is intimately associated with religious experience and celebratory rituals. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in American cultural history. From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock to the Franciscans and Jesuits who pioneered California's Mission Trail, many American religious groups have required wine to perform their sacraments and enliven their evening meals. This book tells the story of how viniculture in America was started and sustained by a broad spectrum of religious denominations. In the process, it offers new insights into the special relationship between wine production and consumption and the spiritual dimension of human experience.
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Fuller (religion, Bradley Coll.) has written that rare combination of scholarly treatise and entertaining social history. He traces the relationship between wine and religion from the earliest Egyptian religious uses of wine to contemporary American religious attitudes toward wine. He examines not only the ways in which religious prohibitions of wine arose but also the production of wine by various religious organizations. An intoxicating book; highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870499111
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Fuller is the Caterpillar Professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University. Fuller has published a dozen books, including Spiritual, But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America, Wonder: From Emotion to Spirituality, and Spirituality in the Flesh: Bodily Sources of Religious Experience.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Religion, Wine, and Eastern "High Culture" 10
Ch. 2 Western Expansion: Religion and "A Happy Wineland" 24
Ch. 3 Wine and American Religious Communities 40
Ch. 4 The Grapes of Wrath: Prohibition 74
Ch. 5 Popular Religion and the Wine Revolution 96
Epilogue. Religion and Wine: Concluding Observations 111
Notes 119
Suggested Readings 133
Index 137
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