Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture

Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture

by Vincent J. Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826417493

ISBN-13: 9780826417497

Pub. Date: 08/18/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Contemporary theology, argues Miller, is silent on what is unquestionably one of the most important cultural issues it faces: consumerism or "consumer culture." While there is no shortage of expressions of concern about the corrosive effects of consumerism from the standpoint of economic justice or environmental ethics, there is a surprising paucity of

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Contemporary theology, argues Miller, is silent on what is unquestionably one of the most important cultural issues it faces: consumerism or "consumer culture." While there is no shortage of expressions of concern about the corrosive effects of consumerism from the standpoint of economic justice or environmental ethics, there is a surprising paucity of theoretically sophisticated works on the topic, for consumerism, argues Miller, is not just about behavioral "excesses"; rather, it is a pervasive worldview that affects our construction as persons-what motivates us, how we relate to others, to culture, and to religion. Consuming Religion surveys almost a century of scholarly literature on consumerism and the commodification of culture and charts the ways in which religious belief and practice have been transformed by the dominant consumer culture of the West. It demonstrates the significance of this seismic cultural shift for theological method, doctrine, belief, community, and theological anthropology. Like more popular texts, the book takes a critical stand against the deleterious effects of consumerism. However, its analytical complexity provides the basis for developing more sophisticated tactics for addressing these problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826417497
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. How to Think about Consumer Culture2. The Commodification of Culture3. Consumer Religion4. Desire and the Kingdom of God5. The Politics of Consumption6. Popular Religion in Consumer Culture7. Stewarding Religious Traditions in Consumer Culture

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