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African Literature and Social Change dE Eucharist so that ouresire is consumed into a rive to be a gift for others Instead of the local being sucked up into the universality of the multinational corporate market Christ gives us a picture of the absolute particular that reveals to us our market Christ gives us a picture of the absolute particular that reveals to us our interconnectedness And instead of scarcity and competition being the heart of reality God s gift of Christ reveals that there is abundance than human imagination can conceiveCavanaugh oes a beautiful job in a very short book He is readable while arguing consistently He uses biblical materials and historical theologians such as Augustine and von Balthasar in a way that illuminates rather than overwhelms And he is careful not to fall into the trap of being either liberal or conservative but rather trying to reframe the terms in which we consider these vital economic uestions The only small critiue might be that Cavanaugh s particular suggestions buying local or fair trade participating in Church Supported Agriculture etc might be seen as too little or too modest But in a way even these critiues reinforce his argument that we are called to Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens: Sources of an Alchemical Book of Emblems do small particular local and relational economic activities in a way that reinforces the kingdom Be warned if you are an uncriticalevotee of the idol of the free market you will not like what Cavanaugh has to say because he issects it thoroughly and theologically But if you are open to the Spirit and to Cavanaugh s argument no matter what side of the uestion you thought you were on you will come away with many uestions about what it means to be Christian in an age that worships esire come away with many uestions about what it means to be Christian in an age that worships Alcoholica Esoterica A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andConsumption of All Manner of Booze desire than God Hovered between 4 and 5 stars because of its brevity but I went and gave it the edge after the phenomenal chapter on how Christ Cavanaugh argues that globalism is a counterfeit of the church Consumerism is the worldview thatrives the structures of globalism and it is a irect challenge to the Christian faith Cavanaugh writesConsumer culture is one of the most powerful systems of formation in the contemporary world arguably powerful than Christianity While a Christian may spend an hour per week in church she may spend twenty five hours per week watching television to say nothing of the hours spent on the Internet listening to the radio shopping looking at junk mail and other advertisements Nearly everywhere we lay our eyes gas pump handles T shirts public restroom walls bank receipts church bulletins sports uniforms and so on we are confronted by advertisingSuch a powerful formative system is not morally neutral it trains us to see the world *in certain ways As all the great faiths of the world have attested how we relate to the material *certain ways As all the great faiths of the world have attested how we relate to the material is a spiritual iscipline As one corporate manager frankly put it Corporate branding is really about worldwide beliefs management 47 48Consumerism seeks to exploit our restlessness while Christianity seeks to cure our restlessness St Augustine Cavanaugh s primary iscussion partner and guide once confessed Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee Thus the worldview of consumerism and its uasi church of globalism with its sacraments of technology are idols meant to replace Christ his universal church and the sacraments of bread and wine Cavanaugh shows tha. Rary 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 practic. ,

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Being ConsumedSummary An extended essay in theological reflection from a Catholic perspective on the economic realities of the free market consumer culture globalization and scarcityThere is something than vaguely isturbing in the word consumer as it is applied to human beings It suggests an idea of I shop therefore I am and calls up reminders of the biblical warning that we risk our souls when we efine our lives by the abundance of our possessionsIn a mere one hundred pages William Cavanaugh explores four aspects our possessionsIn a mere one hundred pages William Cavanaugh explores four aspects our economic activity and how Catholic theological resources might richly inform our lives in these areas He explores the free market our consumer culture lives in these areas He explores the free market our consumer culture phenomenon of globalization and that of scarcity Each of his four chapters explores one of these issues under a pair of opposing terms1 Freedom and unfreedom Moving beyond classic efinitions of the free market he considers the uestion of the end or telos of transactions as crucial in The Machine Stops defining freedomrawing upon Augustine and the idea of human flourishing as critical in Dare for More defining whether a transaction is truly free2 Detachment and attachment Here he explores the relation of the consumer and producer and how we are oftenetached from the product we are consuming The Eucharist calls us into Academia dos Anjos (Redenção Livro 2) deeper attachment as it both consumed and consumes us in union with Christ3 Global and the local considers the phenomenon of globalization and the false ideal of the many and the one that loses the individual in the global market Heraws upon the Triune God and the incarnation of Christ as God and man as well as the Catholic Church in properly modeling the life of the many and the one4 Scarcity and abundance iscusses the basic reality of many economic transactions that assume scarcity and that some gain at the loss of others Much of this has to o with the hunger of human beings who gain and yet want Once again Cavanaugh appeals to the Eucharist and the offer of abundant life found in Christ that bids us into a culture of communion with the poorThis is not a book on economic policy for the nations He Life with My Idiot Family describes his book as a contribution to a kind of theological microeconomics While at points he cites examples of the ineuities that result from free market economics rather than to attack or attempt to change the structures he commends personal and communal practices for Christians from purchasing fair trade products to Community Supported Agriculture and other efforts that connect buyers and sellersirectly and the Economy of Communion Project where businesses Before You Are Licensed dedicate one third of profits toirect aid to the poor a third to educational projects and a third for business Canonization And Teaching Of African Literatures.(Matatu 7) developmentThe strength of this book is that in uite a concise way Cavanaugh introduces those from outside that Catholic tradition to the rich body of theological resources from which one mayraw in economic thinking However the book The Alien Warriors Woman (Guardian Warriors, does seem to be short both on application and some of the resources like a bibliography or for further reading other than the works cited in the text The one merit is that most of the concrete applications come out of the author s own experiences or other existing programs rather than untested proposalsCavanaughoes not address how Christians might engage the larger issues of globalization an. 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 D capitalist economics and one senses his approach is actually of a Christ against culture one of personal and communal economic alternatives to the system For a somewhat Overcoming the Archon Through Alchemy different take one might read this alongside Just Capitalism review forthcoming by Brent Waters which offers aefense of economic globalization and capitalism while being aware of its shortcomings It seems to me that Waters addresses what it is to be in the world Cavanaugh what it means to be not of it cf John 1714 16 Since both seem to be the call of a isciple this side of eternity then both of these Voices May Have Important Words may have important words us A great introduction to important topics Left me wanting longer etailed arguments This book shifted my paradigm on Christianity in the sphere of economics Not bad Average His other book Migrations of the Holy is far better imo hard to know how to review this chapters to know how to review this chapters 2 and 4 were great and well written Chapter 3 may have been important too but felt like the kind of academic essay I wrote in graduate school cleaving so close to a specific thinker so as to never get to saying what one is trying to sayThe book What Comes after Entanglement? did help me think better about markets vs communion Augustine s uti fruiistinction and how being united in the body of Christ makes a Algorithmics for Hard Problems: Introduction to Combinatorial Optimization, Randomization, Approximation, and Heuristics difference for how we think about our giving Cavanaugh takes on as much of our economic life as he can in four short essays each approaching an aspect of economics through aichotomy FreedomUnfreedom DetachmentAttachment GlobalLocal ScarcityAbundance and then seeking to resolve the ichotomy by means of a theological sleight of hand He uses Augustine the monastic tradition von Balthasar and the Eucharist respectively as lenses by which to understand these particular tensions of economic life after the Fall ChristianlyCavanaugh helpfully frames all economic uestions within the clarifying concept of human flourishing allowing the utilitarian ross that typically clings to economics as a Covert Narcissist discipline to be uickly burned away None of the essays are comprehensive on their subject nor are they meant to be What Cavanaugh succeeds inoing is laying some groundwork for rejecting conceptions of markets and trade and labor and capital and consumption passively imbibed from the ambient culture and instead replacing them with particularly Christian realities A helpful starting point in *Other Worlds For Kingdom Economics *worlds for Kingdom Economics read 5 just Alchemy Emperor of the Divine Dao (Alchemy Emperor of the Divine Dao, deleted a bunch of stuff I wrote about the first half of this book bc it was critical and uninteresting than I wanted it s fine I m just no William T Cavanaugh professor of theology at DePaul University provides an excellent and thoroughly theological interrogation of the economic assumptions underlying our understanding of what it is to be human and live in the world Rather than react to the reality of the free market Cavanaugh suggests Christians should uestion what it means to be free what it means to consume what is the relationship between the global and the local and whether the heart of reality is scarcity or abundance Instead of freedom being the absence of constraint Christians believe that freedom is a gift from God to orient ourselves toward the truly important Instead of reality being a commodity to be consumed God empties through kenosis into th. Carcity arguing that we should not just accept these as givens but should instead change the terms of theebateAmong other things Cavanaugh The Decline of the German Mandarins: The German Academic Community, 1890-1933 discusses how God in the Eucharist forms us to consume and be consumed rightly Examining pathologies ofesire in contempo. ,