Rethinking Materialism

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This collection of essays by ten of the nation's prominent social scientists and theologians offers serious commentary on our culture's obsession with material goods and examines the uneasy relation of materialism to religion. The contributors assess the ways in which materialism has been understood in recent analyses of American character, how the economy shapes our understandings of ourselves, the ways in which religious thought is being reshaped by economic circumstances, and the nature of consumerism. The ...
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Overview

This collection of essays by ten of the nation's prominent social scientists and theologians offers serious commentary on our culture's obsession with material goods and examines the uneasy relation of materialism to religion. The contributors assess the ways in which materialism has been understood in recent analyses of American character, how the economy shapes our understandings of ourselves, the ways in which religious thought is being reshaped by economic circumstances, and the nature of consumerism. The complement to Wuthnow's God and Mammon in America, this volume challenges us all to look at materialism in new ways and suggests viable means for reversing our country's prevailing material fixation and its destructive effects on our spiritual lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802807892
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/18/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Good Life and a Good Society: The Debate Over Materialism 1
Where Have We Come Since the 1950s? Thoughts on Materialism and American Social Character 25
Economic Rationality as a Religious System 73
The Economic Absorption of the Sacred 93
"Where Your Treasure Is": Popular Evangelical Views of Work, Money, and Materialism 117
Has the Cloak Become a Cage? Charity, Justice, and Economic Activity 145
In the Cage of Vanities: Christian Faith and the Dynamics of Economic Progress 169
Deep Ecology and Moral Community 193
Materialism and Morality: The Role of Social Science 215
Postscript: Materialism and Spirituality in American Religion 237
References 255
Contributors 275
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