`` Heaven 's Kitchen : Living Religion At God 's Love We Deliver By Courtney Bender

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In Chapter’s three and four of his book, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, author Craig Martin introduced the topics of socialization and social order. Socialization is the act of adapting to society’s norms while social order is the orderliness in society. Martin states that “we inherit rather than create these social systems.” (45), both of which can be applied to the book, Heaven’s Kitchen: Living Religion at God’s Love We Deliver by Courtney Bender. In this book, Bender volunteers for an AIDS organization named God’s Love We Deliver in order to explore how the topic of religion relates to and is found in the lives of the kitchen’s various volunteers. In 1994, Courtney Bender decided to volunteer for God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that delivers meals to AIDS diagnosed individuals who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. In venturing to God’s Love We Deliver, Bender “wanted to observe how people in our time practice and talk about religion … My aim was to use my observations to generate some reflections on the ways religion and spiritual things are made manifest daily in public statements and action.” (3). Bender discovered that religion was a more taboo subject when it came to the kitchen. When there was talk of religion, the talk was more so built on hints and guesses in contrast to being rather blunt. Volunteers generally refrained from talk about religion so when it did come up, most were usually caught off guard. In Chapter 5, What We…

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