Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
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Should Christians be for or against the free market? For or against globalization? How are we to live in a world of scarcity? William Cavanaugh uses Christian resources to incisively address basic economic matters -- the free market, consumer culture, globalization, and scarcity -- arguing that we should not just accept these as givens but should instead change the terms of the debate.Among other things, Cavanaugh discusses how God, in the Eucharist, forms us to consume and be consumed rightly. Examining pathologies of desire in contemporary "free market" economies, Being Consumed puts forth a positive and inspiring vision of how the body of Christ can engage in economic alternatives. At every turn, Cavanaugh illustrates his theological analysis with concrete examples of Christian economic practices.
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William T. Cavanaugh is associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
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Published on
Mar 17, 2008
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Pages
103
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9780802845610
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English
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Business & Economics / Economics / General
Religion / Christian Life / Social Issues
Religion / Christian Theology / Ethics
Religion / Ethics
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William T. Cavanaugh
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William T. Cavanaugh
Whether one thinks that religion continues to fade or has made a comeback in the contemporary world, there is a common notion that religion went away somewhere, at least in the West. But William Cavanaugh argues that religious fervor never left it has only migrated toward a new object of worship. In Migrations of the Holy he examines the disconcerting modern transfer of sacred devotion from the church to the nation-state. In these chapters Cavanaugh cautions readers to be wary of a rigid separation of religion and politics that boxes in the church and sends citizens instead to the state for hope, comfort, and salvation as they navigate the risks and pains of mortal life. When nationality becomes the primary source of identity and belonging, he warns, the state becomes the god and idol of its own religion, the language of nationalism becomes a liturgy, and devotees willingly sacrifice their lives to serve and defend their country. Cavanaugh urges Christians to resist this form of idolatry, to unthink the inevitability of the nation-state and its dreary party politics, to embrace radical forms of political pluralism that privilege local communities and to cling to an incarnational theology that weaves itself seamlessly and tangibly into all aspects of daily life and culture. William Cavanaugh continues to provide leadership and vision in the field of political theology. He addresses essential questions about the religious status of the nation-state, the political character of the church, and how the tradition of Christian political thought might be brought to bear upon contemporary politics. . . . Unfolds a theological response to present political conditions and a political response to our theological condition. Luke Bretherton King s College London Another vigorous but distinct voice in the burgeoning conversation about the role of religion generally and the church specifically in political life. . . . Worth a careful read. Robert Benne
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Carefully selected, thematically arranged, and expertly introduced, these forty-nine essential readings constitute an ideal primary-source introduction to contemporary political theology a profoundly relevant resource for globally engaged citizens, students, and scholars.

CONTRIBUTORS:
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Rafael Avila
Karl Barth
Richard Bauckham
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Walter Brueggemann
Ernesto Cardenal
J. Kameron Carter
James H. Cone
Dorothy Day
Musa W. Dube
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Eric Gregory
Gustavo Gutirrez
Stanley Hauerwas
George Hunsinger
Ada Mara Isasi-Diaz
Emmanuel M. Katongole
Rafiq Khoury
Kosuke Koyama
Brian McDonald
Johann Baptist Metzv Virgil Michel
Nstor O. Miguez
John Milbank
John Courtney Murray
Ched Myers
H. Richard Niebuhr
Reinhold Niebuhr
Arvind P. Nirmal
Oliver O Donovan
Catherine Pickstock
Kwok Pui-lan
A. Maria Arul Raja
Walter Rauschenbusch
Joerg Rieger
Christopher Rowland
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Alexander Schmemann
Carl Schmitt
Peter Manley Scott
Jon Sobrino
Dorothee Solle
R. S. Sugirtharajah
Elsa Tamez
Mark Lewis Taylor
Emilie M. Townes
Desmond Tutu
Bernd Wannenwetsch
Graham Ward
George Weigel
Delores S. Williams
Rowan Williams
Walter Wink
John Howard Yoder
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