Summary Of Being Consumed By William T. Cavanaugh

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William T. Cavanaugh, who is a senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and also a professor at DePaul University, presents both general readers aswell as specialists with some truly interesting views on subjects like free market, consumerism, economics, globalization and scarcity, and he accomplishes this by looking at it from a Biblical perspective. William T. Cavanaugh doesn’t just point out all that is wrong in our world today regarding these subjects, but he also suggests alternatives to the ways in which our world deals with these matters.

In his introduction, William T. Cavanaugh lays out rather nicely what he intends to accomplish through his writings and poses us with some interesting
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Cavanaugh’s use of real life experiences like the worker interviewed by Bob Herbert or the bird from Rosalinda, allows for a more personal and sympathetic interaction with the text. Cavanaugh’s theological influence is insightful and encourages a Christian perspective and approach to consumerism. The purpose of the book is clearly laid out in the introduction and Cavanaugh continues to successfully deal with each subject he initially intended to, throughout the four chapters. He draws from and builds on theories and views from strong theologians like Augustine, Aquinas, etc. successfully, solidifying the points he puts across. The chapter headings are clear representatives of the content of each chapter and Cavanaugh continues to explain each subject thoroughly throughout the chapter. He also gives sufficient explanations for the conclusions he draws throughout his book. This book calls into question our economic practices, regarding especially the poor and starts us thinking that there might be more to the breaking of bread than most believe. Cavanaugh uses some real life examples of how Christians effectively create alternative kinds of economic spaces where that personal relationship between the producer and consumer is nurtured instead of allowing globalization to remove that personalization of the …show more content…
We as Christians need to take human freedom and the Lord’s Supper seriously, then we’ll be able to remedy the deficiency of the free market. We also shouldn’t take globalization, scarcity and the consumer culture as a given, but to rather change our perspective on these matters by applying our Christian morals and views. Cavanaugh encourages us as Christians to take back control of our economic practises and that this can be accomplished through maintaining those close relationships between capital, labourer and the community that have been severed through the globalization, consumerism and the free

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