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Night And Day gCavanaugh argues thatlobalism is a counterfeit of the church Consumerism is the worldview that drives the structures of lobalism and it is a direct 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 " week watching television to 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 as pump handles T shi 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 The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid 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 aift from God to orient ourselves toward the truly important Instead of reality being a commodity to be consumed God empties through kenosis into the Eucharist so that our desire is consumed into a drive to be a Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys gift for others Instead of the local being sucked up into the universality of the multinational corporate market Christives us a picture of the absolute particular that reveals to us our common interconnectedness And instead of scarcity and competition being the heart of reality God s ift of Christ reveals that there is abundance than human imagination can conceiveCavanaugh does 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 which we consider these vital economic uestions The 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 do small particular local and relational economic activities in a way that reinforces the kingdom Be warned if you are an uncritical devotee of the idol of the free market you will not like what Cavanaugh has to say because he dissects 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 desire rather than God Cavanaugh takes on means to be Christian in an age that worships desire rather than God Cavanaugh takes on much of our economic life as he can in four short essays each approaching an aspect of economics through a dichotomy FreedomUnfreedom DetachmentAttachment GlobalLocal ScarcityAbundance and then seeking to resolve the dichotomy by means of a theological sleight of hand He uses Augustine the monastic tradition von Balthasar and the Eucharist respectively as le. Should Christians be for or against the free market For or against lobalization 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 lobalization and ,
William T. Cavanaugh ´ 0 ReadOlic theological resources might richly inform our lives in these areas He explores the free market our consumer culture the phenomenon of lobalization and that of scarcity Each of his four chapters explores one of these issues under a pair of opposing Freedom and unfreedom Moving beyond classic "of the free market he considers the uestion of the end or telos of transactions as crucial in " the free market he considers the uestion of the end or telos of transactions as crucial in freedom drawing upon Augustine and the idea of human flourishing as critical in defining whether a transaction is truly free2 Detachment and attachment Here he explores the relation of the consumer and producer and how we are often detached from the product we are consuming The Eucharist calls us into deeper attachment as it both consumed and consumes us in union with Christ3 Global and the local considers the phenomenon of Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, globalization and the false ideal of the many and the one that loses the individual in thelobal market He draws 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 discusses the basic reality of many economic transactions that assume scarcity and that some Only a Whisper gain at the loss of others Much of this has to do with the hunger of human beings whoain 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 and the offer of abundant life found in Christ that bids us into a culture of with the poorThis is not a book on economic policy for the nations He 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 sellers directly and the Economy of Communion Project where businesses dedicate one third of profits to direct aid to the poor a third to educational projects and a third for business 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 may draw in economic thinking However the book 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 proposalsCavanaugh does not address how Christians might engage the larger issues of lobalization and 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 different take one might read this alongside Just Capitalism review forthcoming by Brent Waters which offers a defense of economic lobalization 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 disciple this side of eternity then both of these voices may have important words for 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. .
Nses 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 dross that typically clings to economics as a discipline to be uickly burned away None of the essays are comprehensive on their subject nor are they meant to be What Cavanaugh succeeds in doing is laying some roundwork for rejecting conceptions of markets and trade and labor and capital and consumption passively imbibed from the ambient culture and instead replacing them with and trade and labor and capital and "Consumption Passively Imbibed From " passively imbibed from ambient culture and instead replacing them with Christian realities A helpful starting point in other worlds for Kingdom Economics Not bad Average His other book Migrations of the Holy is far better imo A reat introduction to important topics Left me wanting longer detailed arguments Hovered between 4 and 5 stars because of its brevity but I went and Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide gave it the edge after the phenomenal chapter on how Christ embodies the problem of the one and the many in a way that satisfies and reconstructs economy and the forces that drive economy I would read a book 10x as long on the subject but this is a fantastic introduction to how Christian theology adresses economics the phenomena oflobalism human desire and proliferation of choice and wealth disparities Only problem is I wish the examples of how Christians are addressing this stuff was fleshed out a bit Probably slated for a re read soon Consumption read 5 just 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 not the audience I Think In The think in the half he makes the case that Jesus solves the problem of the particular and the universal which is the lens Cavanaugh used to think about Plain Jane The Hotshot globalization and the Eucharist is part of this I feel like I need to revisit this imo this is the strongestmost interesting part of the book but I am always so biased to the particular local and had some issues with how WC talks about universalsThis made me want a book that was focused on case studies in Christian economic endeavors like farm shares and fair trade networks and several other examples WC incorporates I m sure they re out there and part of what is Hard to know how to review this chapters 1 2 and 4 werereat and well written Chapter 3 may have been important too but felt like the kind of academic essay I wrote in Family of Her Dreams graduate school cleaving so close to a specific thinker so as to neveret to saying what one is trying to sayThe book did help me think better about markets vs communion Augustine s uti frui distinction and how being united in the body of Christ makes a difference for how we think about our Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed giving This book shifted my paradigm on Christianity in the sphere of economics Summary An extended essay in theological reflection from a Catholic perspective on the economic realities of the free market consumer culturelobalization and scarcityThere is something than vaguely disturbing 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 define our lives by the abundance of our possessionsIn a mere one hundred pages William Cavanaugh explores four aspects of our economic activity and how Cath. Carcity arguing that we should not just accept these as ivens but should instead change the terms of the debateAmong other things Cavanaugh discusses how God in the Eucharist forms us to consume and be consumed rightly Examining pathologies of desire in contempo. ,