Evangelicalism and the Early Vegetarian Movement c.1847-1860’

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    Abstract

    This article aims to fully explore the complex interrelationship between evangelicalismand the formation of an organised vegetarian movement in Britain in the period1847–1860. As well as adding insight into existing historical research into the diet, Iaim to comment on the potential of evangelicalism influence to reach into variousareas of society, a claim that has often been contested in the historiography. I explorethe manner in which religious influence encapsulated themes related to medicoscientificviews pertaining to diet, the role of food within family life, education, andthe role of biblical discourse were expressed via established forms of public persuasionin order to promote the apparent benefits of a meat-free diet.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-210
    JournalJournal of Religious History
    Volume35:2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011

    Keywords

    • history of vegetarianism
    • vegetarian history
    • evangelical history
    • British food history

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