Are there any religious paleos out there? If so, do you receive communion? Werid thought that crossed my mind this am while reading wheat belly, by William Davis. because I haven't taken communion since I became paleo. I am a non practicing roman catholic but do go to Church on occasion.
Really people, read the question. it's not about religion. Its about eating the gluten product in your respective area of worship. I'm not dogging any religion, just wanted some insite to what other people do when it comes to communion. A since - no i don't or yes I do would do the trick.
Thank you so much to those that answered the question!!!! I"ll take it for what it's worth. I'm sure other people were thinking the same thing. I never really thought about it till I started reading this book for some reason.
Yes there are religious Paleos out there and I am one of them. Yes I do take communion. Last Sunday I have to admit, for the first time, I thought to myself that this was a piece of bread coming my way on the tray and did I really want to eat it? I quickly reminded myself that Christianity is my religion and Paleo is what I do with food. Not the other way round. The piece of bread is tiny so I took it, ate it, suffered no ill dietary consequences from it, and fully set my mind to the meaning of the communion not the fact I had just eaten a small piece of bread.
My church normally provide gluten free bread for the insensitive/intolerant. Of course I mean GLUTEN insensitive/intolerant - there would never be anyone generally insensitive or intolerant found in MY church :-)
There is a whole other can of worms of questions out there on Paleo and religion though...
Why is it weird, do you mean in terms of eating bread?
Edit: Well there are certain things one could think about.
The type of bread used for the Jewish Passover. Communion comes from the last Passover meal Jesus had with his disciples and they would have certainly kept the Jewish custom of having unleavend bread (no yeast). It would be interesting to look at traditional unleaved bread composition.
From a theological point of view, if one is asking how God could prescribe the use of an apparently damaging ingredient, one would have to ask why we get sick, die or even get eaten by animals in the first place if God is sovereign over the entire creation and ongoing process of the natural world. But this would be answered when one looks at the Biblical record, that before the universe existed the plan for the substitutional sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for the world so that he would bring them to God existed; it has always existed. Thus God ordained, planned and allowed the greatest harm so that ultimately we would receive the greatest life.
I attend church regularly and I do take communion (once a month), which is the ONLY wheat I have had in over a year, but I am not gluten intolerant. I think gluten intolerant people are in a different boat than I am.
Not just Paleos are gluten intolerant and some people get very sick from just a small taste. Maybe the Catholic Church should just completely switch to gluten-free to eliminate the issue. After all today's wheat is not the same as ancient wheat.
I know a lot of celiacs who aren't paleo and some have told me that they just discuss it with their local priest. For some types of Christianity they have to just not have the bread (like Orthodoxy), but some Catholic churches now offer gluten-free host. Protestants are particularly lax about this since most don't believe in transubstantiation, so I've heard of people being allowed to use rice crackers.
Shouldn't this question read 'Christian paleo' or 'Catholic paleo'? Because there are many religions out there that have absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism or Christianity or Judaism or wheat wafers.
The church I attend has gluten free wafers available. There is one celiac boy of about 10 or 11, but it is offered to everyone. I tend to eat the wheat bread, though I am considering changing. But then again I still drink beer so what does that say? :-)
But I can't imagine a church that would not offer gluten free communion if asked.
I am religious, but we regard all outward sacraments as unnecessary so the problem never comes up. We do have plenty of gluten-intolerant attenders, so any causal get-togethers are usually mostly gluten-free.