Of Coffee and Christianity

From Claudia Roden’s “Coffee: A Connoisseur’s Companion” by way of John Baruch:

In Italy it was the priests who appealed to Pope Clement VIII to have the use of coffee forbidden among Christians.  Satan, they said, had forbidden his followers, the infidel Moslems, the use of wine because it was used in the Holy Communion, and given them instead his “hellish black brew.”  It seems the Pope liked the drink, for his reply was: “Why, this Satan’s drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.  We shall cheat Satan by baptizing it.”  Thus coffee was declared a truly Christian beverage by a farsighted Pope (p. 14).

HT: In Light of the Gospel

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.meanderinglutheran.blogspot.com Ryan Oakes

    You know…there are some good things that come from Christianizing the things of ‘infidels’.
    Thanks for the nugget of info, Pope Clement VIII has now become a great figure in my eyes. Maybe I’ll find a painting of him and hang it above my sign that says: Coffee Break 9:00-5:00 Daily.

  • http://www.meanderinglutheran.blogspot.com Ryan Oakes

    You know…there are some good things that come from Christianizing the things of ‘infidels’.
    Thanks for the nugget of info, Pope Clement VIII has now become a great figure in my eyes. Maybe I’ll find a painting of him and hang it above my sign that says: Coffee Break 9:00-5:00 Daily.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    Why should the devil have all the good brew?

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    Why should the devil have all the good brew?

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