Being Consumed: Economics And Christian Desire By William T. Cavanaugh

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In Being Consumed – Economics and Christian Desire, William T. Cavanaugh sets out to provide an analysis of one of the biggest present-day issues that many Christians grapple with from time to time, namely, . That is the issue of remaining in keeping towith Christian principles in a globalized free market economy. How does a Christian know whether the economic choices one makes are in keeping with Christian principles? Should this even be an issue? Isn’t the matter of economics completely separate from one’s Christian beliefs? In providing his analysis of these issues, Cavanaugh engages with different views and looks to different sources for the answers he provides. However, a common thread that is consistent throughout Being Consumed – Economics and Christian Desire is that of the author’s use of scripture as an interpretative tool that unlocks the answers to these questions.
The first chapter is titled “Freedom and
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Cavanaugh (2008:33) states that we live in an age where virtually anything can be bought and sold. The author provides that such a consumer culture is characterised by its detachment from the value of things that are bought. According to Cavanaugh (2008:35) argues that human beings are driven by the desire to accumulate more and more things without feeling any sentimental attachment to any of these things. Cavanaugh (2008:35 also looks at attachment as the other side of the coin. Cavanaugh (2008:35) argues that attachment can also yield negative results in that if we are deeply attached to things, we might not be so keen to share with those that are needy or less fortunate amongst us. In providing a way out of this, Cavanaugh references St. Thomas Aquinas who taught the view that all things ultimately belong to God. This argument strengthens the need for charity for the needy as ‘God rewards those who help the poor’ (Cavanaugh.2008:

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