Store-bought faith

Two books exploring the dynamics of consumerism in the context of Christian faith are enlivening the marketplace of ideas. In an accessible style sure to have wide appeal, Tom Beaudoin argues for an economic spirituality. Vincent J. Miller’s thicker analysis invokes social theorists like Guy Dubord, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel de Certeau to contend that commodification is so pervasive it has co-opted even the products of religion. He thus provokes theological questions about the effect of consumption on religion’s ability to inform a way of life.

 

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