the centrality and importance of food for all living things, it is not surprising
that images associated with what we eat have become important in Christian tradition.
The most powerful of these images are, of course, the bread and wine of communion,
which refer to the body and blood of Jesus, and his sacrifice on the cross.
are many other such examples, including milk, honey, grapes, lamb, olives ...
in fact, since Christians believe that all good things are a gift of God, every
meal has deep religious significance.
has been an important Christian symbol, not only because of the fact that Jesus
included several fishermen in his close circle, but also because The initial letters
of each word in the Greek phrase "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior"
form the word ICHTHUS, which means "fish."
The Ankh Cross The Ankh Cross is an ancient Egyptian symbol
for life, combining the feminine circle and masculine staff to form the whole.
It was adapted by early Christians because of its resemblance to the cross.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
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He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
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