Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business is Buying the Church

Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business is Buying the Church

by Michael L. Budde, Robert W. Brimlow
     
 

ISBN-10: 155635245X

ISBN-13: 9781556352454

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers

These days "getting religion" is generally considered a rather quaint thing of the past. "Getting spirituality," on the other hand, is the hottest thing on the market. In fact, corporate-sponsored spiritual salve is becoming the most popular prescription for the overworked and soul-weary employees. But for many Christians, this antidote has

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Overview

These days "getting religion" is generally considered a rather quaint thing of the past. "Getting spirituality," on the other hand, is the hottest thing on the market. In fact, corporate-sponsored spiritual salve is becoming the most popular prescription for the overworked and soul-weary employees. But for many Christians, this antidote has become its own epidemic. How is this epidemic infecting the church? How should the church respond as a community of believers?

According to authors Michael Budde and Robert Brimlow, the church must resist becoming the "chaplain to capitalism." Christianity Incorporated reminds us that Christ-centered discipleship is fundamentally at odds with consumer capitalist priorities. The church must have a mission and a voice in society that is distinct from, rather than in chorus with, watered-down corporate spirituality.

Christianity Incorporated is a wake-up call for all Christians. Courageous, current, and accessible, this book will provide guidance and insight to anyone concerned with pursuing Christian discipleship in our consumer culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556352454
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Being Useful in the Global Age     9
Putting Jesus to Work: When Corporations Get Religion     27
The Political Economy of Formation     55
The Church and the Death Business     83
John Locke in Ecclesial Drag? The Problem With Centesimus Annus     109
Church as Citizen, Church as Chaplain     129
Toward an Economics of Discipleship: The Church as Oikos     155
Works Cited     179
Index     189

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