MATERIALISM, SPIRITUALITY, & DEMOCRACY: Critical Social Analysis of American Culture for Small Church Study Groups [NOOK Book]

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The purpose of this book is about the quest for spiritual maturity as it applies to the Catholic faith and American democracy. It is meant to engage the imagination of small church faith communities and bible study groups in light of Vatican II and what it means to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the Holy Spirit.


Vatican II encourages the Church to be a more prophetic and contemplative faith that leads to greater spiritual discernment. Discernment of the ...

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MATERIALISM, SPIRITUALITY, & DEMOCRACY: Critical Social Analysis of American Culture for Small Church Study Groups

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Overview

The purpose of this book is about the quest for spiritual maturity as it applies to the Catholic faith and American democracy. It is meant to engage the imagination of small church faith communities and bible study groups in light of Vatican II and what it means to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the Holy Spirit.


Vatican II encourages the Church to be a more prophetic and contemplative faith that leads to greater spiritual discernment. Discernment of the Spirits is more important than ever to overcome an imbalance between specialized human activity and a comprehensive view of reality that directs the mind to solutions which are fully human. This was the mind of Christ.


In summary, small church faith communities and Bible study groups are encouraged to consider scrutinizing the signs of the time by way of critical social analysis, spiritual discernment, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We the faithful are "Cathedral Builders", never to see the end of our work. This is an evolutionary movement. As followers of Christ, we can learn to see ourselves as ongoing co-creators with God for the goodness of the entire human race.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463406875
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 6/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 97 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    A Small Book with an Important Message - Worth the Read

    The basic question the book looks at is "Do we want corporations ruling the world or people and democracies?" The author offers his own ideas on how to think about that question and makes generous use of quotes from and references to several authors who offer their thoughts on the question and possible answers. The basic argument of the book is that the extreme capitalism which is dominated by huge multi-national corporations has in turn dominated the political processes in this country for the last 40 years. Looking at every aspect of life, large and small, and particularly war and peace, from solely an economic viewpoint has turned too many of us into mindless consumers and pushed out of consideration the spiritual and moral aspects of human beings. The American Dream of the Founders of this country was that all of us have the privilege and the responsibility to participate in democratic processes and decisions which affect us not only from an economics standpoint, but more deeply as "We the People" try to help each other to flourish as human beings. Since the 1950's, corporate advertising has perverted the American Dream into one of acquisition...having more than your parents had. America is more than that. We are more than what we own. The emphasis on material acquisition, orchestrated by large multi-national corporations, has minimized the growth of us as spiritual beings and left all important decisions to the big money interests who have too much control of governments in the US and around the world.

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