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Buying God: Consumerism and Theology

Eve Poole

Buying God: Consumerism and Theology

Eve Poole

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Christians are deeply concerned about consumerism, but lack the tools to be able to engage robustly in the debate about its future. Economists obfuscate, politicians polarise, and church leaders bluff. While desire to consume is a fundamentally human trait, consumerism offers only illusory satisfaction. Yet Christianity happens to be unusually well-equipped to lead the fight against Mammon's most alluring secular narratives. Consumerism is human action, so it can as easily be redemptive as it can be parasitical. We just need to consume for God instead. Drawing on the Church's rich traditions of Social Liturgy, 'Buying God' calls on the Christian community to renew its confidence and strength in proclaiming this good news. Uniting theoretical work on theology, capitalism and consumerism with a scheme of detailed practical action, the book explores how we can wean ourselves off the material and on to the eternal, through prayer, example, and vibrant social action.

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About "Buying God: Consumerism and Theology"

Christians are deeply concerned about consumerism, but lack the tools to be able to engage robustly in the debate about its future. Economists obfuscate, politicians polarise, and church leaders bluff. While desire to consume is a fundamentally human trait, consumerism offers only illusory satisfaction. Yet Christianity happens to be unusually well-equipped to lead the fight against Mammon's most alluring secular narratives. Consumerism is human action, so it can as easily be redemptive as it can be parasitical. We just need to consume for God instead. Drawing on the Church's rich traditions of Social Liturgy, 'Buying God' calls on the Christian community to renew its confidence and strength in proclaiming this good news. Uniting theoretical work on theology, capitalism and consumerism with a scheme of detailed practical action, the book explores how we can wean ourselves off the material and on to the eternal, through prayer, example, and vibrant social action.
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Meet the Author

Eve Poole

Dr Eve Poole is the Third Church Estates Commissioner, and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun. She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in Theology and Capitalism from Cambridge.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface Introduction Part 1 How To Do The Theology 1. Types Of Theology 2. Worldview Theology 3. Etiquette Theology 4. Good Theology Part 2 God And Consumerism 5. What In The World Is Consumerism? 6. What Does God Think About It? 7. What Should We Do About It? 8. The Consumption Audit Conclusion Resources 1. The Consumer's Prayer 2. A Month Of Virtue 3. Consumption Audit 4. Useful Websites 5. The Bible On Money 6. Six Week Reflection Course References And Further Reading Index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 522356
  • Product Code 9780334056744
  • ISBN 0334056748
  • EAN 9780334056744
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Scm Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2018
  • Sales Rank #46689
  • Dimensions 216 x 135 mm

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