Americans suffer from a debilitating disease that deadens the senses and causes people to panic and hoard. Persons of faith aren't immune to it. The disease is "affluenza" and one of its key symptoms is greed.
James Childs, professor of theology and ethics and dean of academic affairs at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, challenges the prevailing assumptions about getting, having and hoarding. He argues persuasively that even churchgoing Americans aren't self-reflective enough about our shared great expectations. Childs challenges our unquestioned belief in the power and primacy of the individual and our unswerving conviction that there is always more of everything ready for the taking.