Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts is an intriguing and thought-provoking collection of ten essays divided into two main parts. The first part focuses on the use or prohibition of alcohol in various religious traditions, with chapters exploring the Christian New Testament, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and tribal religions. The second half of the book considers alcohol in its historical context, with chapters examining drinking in medieval monasticism, Victorian England, the American South, and films, as well as the influence of movements such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. VII, 262 pp.
Contents: C. K. Robertson: Mixed Drinks or Mixed Messages? An Introduction – James McGrath: «A Glutton and a Drunkard»: What
Would Jesus Drink? – B. J. Oropeza: Wine and the Lord’s Supper in the Gospels, Paul, and Today – Teresa Blythe: The Collar
and the Bottle: Film Portrayals of Drinking Clergy – Arthur James Powell: Only in Paradise: Alcohol and Islam – John W. Gamble:
In the Presence of the Divine: The Use of Hallucinogens in Religious Practice – Deborah Vess: Monastic Moonshine: Alcohol
in the Middle Ages – Gregory Pepetone: The Spirits of Christmas: Christian Conviviality in the Age of Dickens – Gary L. Abbott,
Sr.: Southern Comfort: Indulgence and Abstinence in the South – C. K. Robertson: Recovering Religion: The Complex Legacy of
Alcoholics Anonymous – Michael Rusk: Ecstasy and Horror: A Spirituality of Drinking – C. K. Robertson: Conclusion:
Shaken and Stirred.