Being Consumed by William T. Cavanaugh
Economics and Christian Desire

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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.


About William T. Cavanaugh

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William T. Cavanaugh is associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Published March 17, 2008 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 120 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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And since they cannot imagine living in equality with those who must sell their labor on the job market they themselves have transcended, the rich tend to favor ‘no laws at all.’ The political philosophy of the wealthy is libertarianism, drifting more and more toward anarchy as their capital incr...

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Yet it’s never ending drive to proliferate serves to allow the local and particular to actually be swallowed up in what he calls the “universal gaze.” There are profound and prolific differences, yet they do not matter as they all become swallowed up in the global or “universal gaze.” Drawing on ...

Dec 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Being Consumed: Economics and...

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