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Following Christ in a Consumer Society: The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance [Paperback]

By John F. Kavanaugh (Author)
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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.19" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1991
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  0883447770  
EAN  9780883447772  

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In an era of fraud, corruption, and the relentless celebration of image over substance, the message of this perennial best-seller is more timely than ever. Following Christ in a Consumer Society offers a penetrating critique of the culture of consumerism, contrasted with the personalism of the Gospel. Addressing a soul-destroying culture in which having more has become the only measure of value, Kavanaugh reminds us of the values that truly make us human. Through the counter-cultural message of the Gospel, his book presents a diagnosis of our social ills while at the same time providing a guide back to wholeness, sanity, and spiritual health

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John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, is author of Following Christ in a Consumer Society and The Word Embodied. He writes the "Ethics Notebook" column for the publication America.

John F. Kavanaugh has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Moral Traditions and Moral Arguments (Paperback)

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The dynamics of commodity and consumerism are revealed   Mar 12, 2007
Following Christ in a Consumer Society is a classic study written by a Jesuit priest and which appeared nearly two decades ago: its 25th anniversary edition will help spiritual collections replace aging, worn editions with a bright new paperback even more relevant today than when it was originally published. Chapters consider the relationship between Christianity and consumerism, and have been updated to reflect the latest scholarship in the area. The dynamics of commodity and consumerism are revealed in chapters which lend particularly well to study group discussion.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
Rampant Consumerism and Its Antidote  Jan 10, 2007
This 25th anniversary edition of Kavanaugh's work paints a strong picture of today's consumer culture marked by the "empty interior, broken relationship, craving for things, injustice of depersonalization, and flight from the wounded." The author employs examples from current events, cultural phenomena, and research studies to describe the earmarks and effects of the "Commodity Form."

He describes the commodity form as a filter for all our experience, attitudes, emotions, drives, perceptions, and behavior that reduces us to replaceable "things" valuable only in terms of how much we market, produce, and consume. In direct opposition, Kavanaugh holds up the "Personal Form," in which humans are valued as irreplaceable, capable of self-conscious reflection, and fulfilled in relationships based on mutual commitment. The personal form relies on Christian discipleship marked by such practices as self-critique, moral consistency, and prayer and supported by participation in community and the sacraments, all topics that Kavanaugh addresses in detail.

This work can be seen as user`s manual for groups and individuals serious about understanding, resisting, and challenging the rampant consumerism of twenty-first century America.
amazing  Feb 14, 2002
This book is for all people. It is a wonderful account for the search that we humans make to "keep up with the Jones"" but never feel fufilled. It explains what is missing and why we are never satisified with tangible wants and desires for a long period of time. Everyone should read this book. Well written and an easy quick read. Worth every minute.

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