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Buying God

Consumerism and Theology

Buying God

Consumerism and Theology

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN-13: 9780334056744
Published: 20/08/2018

Christians are deeply concerned about consumerism, but lack the tools to be able to engage robustly in the debate about its future. Economists obfuscate, politicians polarise, and church leaders bluff.

While desire to consume is a fundamentally human trait, consumerism offers only illusory satisfaction. Yet Christianity happens to be unusually well-equipped to lead the fight against Mammon’s most alluring secular narratives. Consumerism is human action, so it can as easily be redemptive as it can be parasitical. We just need to consume for God instead.

Drawing on the Church’s rich traditions of Social Liturgy, Buying God calls on the Christian community to renew its confidence and strength in proclaiming this good news.

Uniting theoretical work on theology, capitalism and consumerism with a scheme of detailed practical action, the book explores how we can wean ourselves off the material and on to the eternal, through prayer, example, and vibrant social action.




Part 1 How to do the Theology 

1. Types of Theology 

2. Worldview Theology 

3. Etiquette Theology 

4. Good Theology 

Part 2 God and Consumerism  

5. What in the World is Consumerism? 

6. What does God Think About It? 

7. What Should We do About It? 

8. The Consumption Audit 



1. The Consumer’s Prayer 

2. A Month of Virtue 

3. Consumption Audit 

4. Useful Websites 

5. The Bible on Money  

6. Six Week Reflection Course  

References and Further Reading  


Eve Poole

Dr Eve Poole is the Third Church Estates Commissioner, and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun. She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in Theology and Capitalism from Cambridge. She is the author of "Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions (Featherstone 2015) " and "Leadersmithing (Bloomsbury 2017)"

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