Craig Bartholomew is a research fellow in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. Thorsten Moritz is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. He specializes in Luke's Gospel, Paul's letters and first-century Judaism.
Christ and Consumerism: A Critical Analysis of the Spirit of the Ageby Craig G. Bartholomew
Consumerism is not merely a way of life -- it is increasingly recognized as a framework through which people find their identity and sense of belonging in society. Christians are called to be "salt and light" in society. If we are to take this command seriously and be zealous for the reputation of God's character in our day, we must test the "spirit of the age" and analyze the forces and ideologies that shape our culture. If we don't, there is a danger that we will become so accustomed to our consumerist culture that it, rather than the convictions at the heart of what God has called us to be, will shape our lives. Issues regarding consumerism are considered from biblical, ethical, sociological and economic viewpoints and suggestions offered about how Christians can positively respond to the prevailing ethic today.
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