NASHVILLE (BP) -- The average Thanksgiving dinner contains up to 3,000 calories, according to the Orlando Sentinel -- 4,500 if you go back for more. That's nearly three times the number of calories the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends some people consume in a day.
Can Christians indulge in such a feast -- replete with fixings from potatoes to pie -- without committing the sin of gluttony? Absolutely, say a seminary professor and a women's author and speaker. Thanksgiving feasts are a biblically-justified part of celebrating God's goodness and bounty, they say.
"When it is carried out as an expression of gratefulness to God with appreciation for His many undeserved blessings, feasting is appropriate and approved by God," said Gregg Allison, a systematic theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who has taught doctoral students on the topic of gluttony for 15 years. Read More