The Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consumer Culture

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Nothing may influence and affect the faith of Christians in the Western, "developed" world so much as consumerism. Theologians and biblical scholars have often pondered the dangers and the privileges of money. But few have focused on consumption as culture or a way of life, complete with its own set of attitudes, behaviors and purposes for living. The Consuming Passion does exactly that, relying on insightful theologians, psychologists, sociologists, ecologists and economists to probe beneath and better ...
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Overview

Nothing may influence and affect the faith of Christians in the Western, "developed" world so much as consumerism. Theologians and biblical scholars have often pondered the dangers and the privileges of money. But few have focused on consumption as culture or a way of life, complete with its own set of attitudes, behaviors and purposes for living. The Consuming Passion does exactly that, relying on insightful theologians, psychologists, sociologists, ecologists and economists to probe beneath and better understand what makes consumer culture work - and how people of faith might best respond.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830818976
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Consumption & the Modern Ethos 7
Pt. 1 Consumption & Its Effects
1 Sensualists Without Heart: Contemporary Consumerism in Light of the Modern Project 19
2 Returning God to the Center: Consumerism & the Environmental Threat 40
3 Money & Misery 51
4 Catholic & Protestant Ethics: Competing or Complementary Conceptions of the Public Good? 76
Pt. 2 Consumption & the Theological Traditions
5 After Eden: The Search for the Holy in a Consumer Society 91
6 Stewardship, Sabbath & Time 107
7 [actual symbol not reproducible] in Freedom & Love: The Patristic Vision of Stewardship 118
8 On New Things 129
9 How a Christian African-American Reflects on Stewardship in a Consumer-Oriented Society 151
Pt. 3 Consumption & the Future of Faith
10 The Theology of Consumption & the Consumption of Theology: Toward a Christian Response to Consumerism 169
Notes 205
List of Contributors 224
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