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me wanting longer detailed arguments Hard to know how to review wanting longer detailed arguments Hard to know how to review chapters 1 2 and 4 were great and well written Chapter 3 may have been mportant too but felt like the kind of academic essay I wrote The Driver in graduate school cleaving so close to a specific thinker so as to never get to saying what ones trying to sayThe book did help me think better about markets vs communion Augustine s uti frui distinction and how being united De glazen troon (De glazen troon, in the body of Christ makes a difference for how we think about our giving William T Cavanaugh professor of theology at DePaul University provides an excellent and thoroughly theologicalnterrogation of the economic assumptions underlying our understanding of what Silent Witnesses its to be human and live The Hawthorn Crown (The Changeling, in the world Rather than react to the reality of the free market Cavanaugh suggests Christians should uestion whatt means to be free what The Past is Myself The Road Ahead Omnibus it means to consume whats the relationship between the global and the local and whether the heart of reality The Common Years is scarcity or abundance Instead of freedom being the absence of constraint Christians believe that freedoms a gift from God to orient ourselves toward the truly The Valkyrie Song (Jan Fabel, important Instead of reality being a commodity to be consumed God empties through kenosisnto the Eucharist so that our desire Inishowen is consumednto a drive to be a gift for others Instead of the local being sucked up The Other Side of the Coyne into the universality of the multinational corporate market Christ gives us a picture of the absolute particular that reveals to us our commonnterconnectedness And Zombacter instead of scarcity and competition being the heart of reality God s gift of Christ reveals that theres abundance than human La muñeca asesina imagination can conceiveCavanaugh does a beautiful jobn a very short book He s readable while arguing consistently He uses biblical materials and historical theologians such as Augustine and von Balthasar n a way that The Housekeeper and the Professor illuminates rather than overwhelms And hes careful not to fall nto the trap of being either liberal or conservative but rather trying to reframe the terms n which we consider these vital economic uestions The only small critiue might be that Cavanaugh s particular suggestions buying local or fair trade participating The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel - A 30-minute Chapter-by-Chapter Summary in Church Supported Agriculture etc might be seen as too little or too modest Butn a way even these critiues reinforce his argument that we are called to do small particular local and relational economic activities The Complete Idiots Guide to Buying Foreclosures in a way that reinforces the kingdom Be warnedf you are an uncritical devotee of the Asian Bites idol of the free market you will not like what Cavanaugh has to say because he dissectst thoroughly and theologically But Perfect 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 whatt means to be Christian n an age that worships desire rather than God This book shifted my paradigm on Christianity n the sphere of economics Cavanaugh takes on as much of our economic life as he can n 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 lenses 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 n doing s laying some groundwork for rejecting conceptions of markets and trade and labor and capital and consumption passively mbibed from the ambient culture and American Prince instead replacing them with particularly Christian realities A helpful starting pointn other worlds for Kingdom Economics Hovered between 4 and 5 stars because of The Devouring (The Devouring, its brevity but I went and gavet the edge after the phenomenal chapter on how Christ embodies the problem of the one and the many n 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 s a fantastic ntroduction to how Christian theology adresses economics the phenomena of globalism human desire and proliferation of choice and wealth disparities Only problem s I wish the examples of how Christians are addressing this stuff was fleshed out a bit Probably slated for a re read soon. Rary free market economies Being Consumed puts forth a positive and Il tesoro di Gengis Khan (Le avventure di Dirk Pitt, inspiring vision of how the body of Christ can engagen economic alternatives At every turn Cavanaugh llustrates his theological analysis with concrete examples of Christian economic practic.
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In Church She May Spendchurch she may spend five hours per week watching television to say 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 gas pump handles T shirts public restroom walls bank receipts church bulletins sports uniforms and so on we are confronted by advertisingSuch a powerful formative system The Complete Idiots Guide to Fondues and Hot Dips is not morally neutralt trains us to see the world n certain ways As all the great faiths of the world have attested how we
Relate To The Material Worldto the material world a spiritual discipline As one corporate manager frankly put t Corporate branding Stealing Venice is really about worldwide beliefs management 47 48Consumerism seeks to exploit our restlessness while Christianity seeks to cure our restlessness St Augustine Cavanaugh s primary discussion partner and guide once confessed Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their restn Thee Thus the worldview of consumerism and All aboard the Ninky Nonk! its uasi church of globalism withts sacraments of technology are The Lady and the Peacock idols meant to replace Christ his universal church and the sacraments of bread and wine Cavanaugh shows that as we consume we become detached from the things we consume Because consumerisms based on desire for desire Another Mothers Love instead of the object thats desired we constantly throw away what we consume as we move on to our next purchase But THE AGE OF ARTHUR: WARFARE IN THE BRITISH DARK AGES, 400 AD - 800 AD: WARHAMMER HISTORICAL. in the Eucharist the Lord s Suppercommunion we become consumed by what we consume Instead of detachment we experience greater attachment to Christ and thus satisfactionn Him Cavanaugh points out that Three by Atiq Rahimi in consumerism possession kills desire butn the Eucharist possession transforms and satisfies desire This The Witchs Kind is because God made us for himself We were created to know God and enjoy him forever Westminster Confession of Fatih but we worship and serve the creationnstead of the Creator Romans 1 Cavanaugh expertly diagnoses the problem but he also gives solutions at least on the The Galapagos Affair individual and local level Cavanaughs not as ascetic who Rome Sweet Rome is trying us feel guilty about consuming materials He wants to reform our view of what we consume Every created object contains traces of the Creator When we use created things we should be enjoying the Creator Created objects don t satisfy us when they are treated as an endn themselves The satisfy us when we use them to point us to their source Tales From Nature in God Thus the things of earth don t go strangely dim as the misguided hymn says but they grow as one of my friends likes to say strangely alive Cavanaugh bringsn Hans Urs von Balthasar for a philosophical discussion of how we see the universal and the particular united Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, in Christ In globalization we see only particulars unrelated to anything universal or as merenterchangeable stand Goalie Interference (1Night Stand ins for the universal asn the liberal The Lights of Manchester idea that all religions lead to God sot doesn t matter which one Thus particulars are dispensable But The Reconstructionist in thencarnation of Christ we see the universal Son united with the finite Jesus By becoming man God makes room for every particular Every material object just like Christ s humanity can be set apart for God s purpose God created us to create under him Thus we should consume what we produce and produce what we consume Cavanaugh realizes that we can t produce everything we consume so he says we should consume locally and get to know our producers The Dollmakers Daughters in order to make God glorifying choices We don t realize that our clothes coffee and other consumables are produced by poor peoplen third world countries who are being exploited by businesses feeding our consumption Do we know how our God given cows are being treated Cavanaugh does He buys his beef from a local farmer who feeds his herds healthy naturally produced food Il instead of drugs meant only to bulk them up The cows are clean and not penned upn their own muck Does the meat cost Definitely but a little less beef goes much farther The Missing in terms of satisfaction Adam Smith could not have been wrong when he said that the market provides all the knowledge necessary for the consumer to make rational choices for the common good Cavanaugh argues that Adam Smith s and Milton Friedman s definition of freedom as the absence of coercion actually leads to a coercive capitalism He argues for a return to Augustine s definition of freedom as the ability not just to choose but to choose the Good We must choose the Good as defined by God who created human nature Without the Christian understanding of the chief end of man nothing remains but lust for power through profitsCavanaugh compares the Mandarin Co who outsources jobs to El Salvador to the Mondragon Cooperative Corpn Spain who hires locally The Mandarin Co widens the gap between employer and employee by forcing workers to put up with substandard pay and working conditions If the workers protest as they have the company simply threatens to leave El Salvador for cheaper labor elsewhere The workers aren t coerced They have a choice but few options and they can t afford the consumables they are producingA priest founded the Mondragon Co on Distributist principles which means that the employees are owners and the highest paid Health Policy Analysis in the co only makes six times than the lowest paid Compare that to the average CEO who makes 300 times than the lowest paid workern a modern corporation Mondragon s a multi billion dolla. Carcity arguing that we should not just accept these as givens but should nstead change the terms of the debateAmong other things Cavanaugh discusses how God The nexus in the Eucharist forms us to consume and be consumed rightly Examining pathologies of desiren contempo. .