Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint

Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint

by Sallie McFague

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For decades, Sallie McFague has lent her voice and her theological imagination to addressing and advocating for the most important issues of our time. In doing so, she has influenced an entire generation, and empowered countless people in their efforts to put religion in the service of meeting human needs in difficult times.

In this timely book, McFague recalls her readers to the practices of restraint. In a world bent on consumption it is imperative that people of religious faith realize the significant role they play in advocating for the earth, and a more humane life for all.

The root of restraint, she argues, rests in the ancient Christian notion of Kenosis, or self-emptying.

By introducing Kenosis through the life stories of John Woolman, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day, McFague brings a powerful theological concept to bear in a winsome and readable way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451438673
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,230,493
File size: 594 KB

About the Author

Sallie McFague was the Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she taught for thirty years. She is now Distinguished Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among her many influential works, all from Fortress Press, are Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril (2000), The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (1993).

Table of Contents

Preface: Religion, Ecology, and Economics ix

1 "But Enough about Me": What Does Augustine's Confessions Have to Do with Facebook? 1

2 "Where Are We?": Living Well on Planet Earth 17

3 The Lives of the Saints: John Woolman, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day 39

4 The Practice of the Saints 1: Voluntary Poverty in Order to Pay Attention to the Material Needs of Others 81

5 The Practice of the Saints 2: The Development of the Universal Self at Local and Global Levels 111

6 "It's Not About You": Kenosis as a Way to Live 141

7 Kenotic Theology 171

8 What Next?: Living the Kenotic Life Personally, Professionally, and Publicly 207

Index 217

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