Christian Practices of Space and Time
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A critique of modern Western civilization, including contemporary concerns of consumerism, capitalism, globalization, and poverty, from the perspective of a believing Catholic.
Responding to Enlightenment and Postmodernist views of the social and economic realities of our time, Cavanaugh engages with contemporary concerns--consumerism, late capitalism, globalization, poverty--in a way reminiscent of Rowan Williams (Lost Icons), Nicholas Boyle (Who Are We Now?) and Michel de Certeau. "Consumption of the Eucharist," he argues, "consumes one into the narrative of the pilgrim City of God, whose reach extends beyond the global to embrace all times and places." He develops the theme of the Eucharist as the basis for Christian resistance to the violent disciplines of state, civil society and globalization.
“"His retelling of the socalled Wars of Religion, his performative understanding of the eucharist, and his analysis of space and time render his book vital not only in theology but also in philosophy, political theory, and sociology. Cavanaugh rightly imagines the church as political; this places us in his debt." -Anglican Theological Review” –