Summary Of William T Cavanaugh's Being Consumed

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William T Cavanaugh (2008), wrote Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire which is a philosophical book, which focus on four (4) economic life matters that addresses the consumer culture within society. These four economic life matters are free market, consumerism, globalization and economic scarcity. In order for this topic to be discussed on a theological point of view, the author draws the reader’s attention to human life, the ends of life in God. The key question in every process is whether or not the transaction contributes to the flourishing of each person involved. In order to address these questions the author points to concrete examples of alternative economic practices in which Christians participate-: business, co-operatives, credit union, practices of consumption which marks the vision for Christian economic life. Cavanaugh (2008) calls the church to create and cultivate her own alternative culture informed…show more content…
He describes globalization as aesthetics, a way of looking at the world that creates a certain kind of desire. The author uses Jesus as one exemplification of a more universal ultimate reality, of which we are expected to realize the universal body of Christ in every particular and local exchange. The final chapter scarcity and abundance, holds Cavanaugh’s Christian expressions on the conditions of scarcity that are presupposed by modern economic theory as well as functions as a sort of conclusion to the former article. Cavanaugh mentions that the Eucharist, by distinction endorses a different story of abundance, drawn into God’s life we radically call into question the boundaries between the haves and the
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