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Blessed Are the Consumers: A Fortress Digital Preview

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Sallie McFague (Author)
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In this Fortress Digital Preview, readers receive the opening three chapters of Sallie McFague’s forthcoming Blessed Are the Consumers (March 2013). Suitable to be read in just 30 minutes, these opening remarks comprise an insightful reflection on self, selflessness, and living well on a crowded planet.

In Blessed Are the Consumers, Sallie McFague recalls her readers to the practices of restraint. In a world bent on consumption it is imperative that people of religious faith realize the significant role they play in advocating for the earth, and a more humane life for all.

The root of restraint, she argues, rests in the ancient Christian notion of Kenosis, or self-emptying.

By introducing Kenosis through the life stories of John Woolman, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day, McFague brings a powerful theological concept to bear in a winsome and readable way.
ISBN: 
9781451438697
Price: 
$4.99
Release date: 
January 1, 2013

Contents

Contents

Preface: Religion, Ecology, and Economics

1. “But Enough about Me”: What Does Augustine’s Confessions Have to Do with Facebook?

2. “Where Are We?”: Living Well on Planet Earth

3. The Lives of the Saints: John Woolman, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day

Endorsements

"The political parties in the United States continue to ignore the twin, globally decisive, questions of income distribution and ecological catastrophe. These questions are central to this book. Most Christian responses to these apocalyptic challenges talk about what other people, governments, or corporations should be doing. This book addresses us as Christians and invites us to live as Christians. If thousands of readers take this challenge seriously, we may yet be effective workers with God in the salvation of the world."
—John B. Cobb Jr.
The Center for Process Studies
Claremont, California

"Sallie McFague's Blessed are the Consumers is a direct challenge to consumerist society and shows how we are all implicated. McFague brings a much needed and well developed ethic of restraint to the field of ecotheology. She calls us to move from belief to action, from denial to profound change at both personal and public levels. McFague clarifies the problems and promises of Christianity as a model that sees self and planetary flourishing as interdependent. McFague draws from a lifetime love affair with saints, a theology acumen few have acquired, and a steadfast commitment to confronting the economic roots of the planetary crisis. This is the religious call of today—we need to change—profoundly and urgently.."
Heather Eaton
Satin Paul University, Ottawa