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“Twinterview” on Fasting


The good folks at Englewood Review of Books and I tried something: an interview on Twitter.

The “twinterview” was about our Fasting: The Ancient Practices
book, and Josh has an amazingly clever post of the tweets.

 John Frye has just begun a multi-post review about the book, too.

Thanks folks.

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posted June 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Looks very interesting. I see you discussed the practice of breaking the fast with the Lord’s Supper. Did you examine the practice of the early church of celebrating the Lord Supper in the context of a common meal and how that was combined with fasting?

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Scot McKnight

posted June 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Nope … didn’t see much about that, but my focus was on fasting.

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posted June 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm

World Vision hosts the 30-Hour Famine each year, in which teens fast for 30 hours to raise awareness of world hunger. Do you believe the medical advice you got would make this program a huge mistake?

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Scot McKnight

posted June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Yes, Sue, I do. I doubt you will find many medical doctors recommending young adults to dip into fasting for that long.

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posted June 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I don’t think that the program is a “huge mistake” – in fact I think that it has been a good program overall.
Having said that I must admit that we did not let our daughter, who was always a light eater and on the low weight end for her height, fast for 30 hours – we wouldn’t let her go unless she had dinner first (making the “fast” somewhat less than 24 hours).

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posted June 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

Is there a medical consensus on this? There does not seem to be a consensus on limiting everyone to 12 hour fasts. It seems like this needs to be on a case by case basis.

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