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Why Fast? Ten Contentious Reasons

FEBRUARY 2012: ESSAY by Adam Brooks Webber People eat the darnedest things. Escargot. Haggis. Lutefisk. Cheez Whiz. Our eating shows great diversity—and so does our fasting. As a global and interfaith practice, fasting can take on a variety of forms. Within the Christian context in particular, fasting is motivated by a host of reasons. In the Institutes, John Calvin contends that "a holy and lawful fast has three ends in view. We use it either to mortify and subdue the…
Adam Brooks Webber
October 30, 2014