CTH 389 – Christianity & Consumerism

For students still searching for Winter Quarter classes , Christianity & Consumerism could be an interesting option. Please see the course description and reading list below. As a reminder, MALS and IDS students are allowed to take up to four 300-level courses.

Professor William Cavanaugh

CTH 389: Christianity & Consumerism

MW 1:00-2:30 LPC, WQ 2011

Consumerism can be defined as the tendency to reduce both the material and the spiritual to commodities. This course is an extended investigation of the dynamics of consumerism in American culture from the perspective of the Christian intellectual tradition. Sources drawn upon will include materials from theology, political theory, philosophy and economic theory. Attention will be given to the history of consumerism, the theology implicit in consumerism, and different Christian reactions to the phenomenon of consumerism.

Required Texts:

Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

Vincent Miller, Consuming Religion

David McCarthy, The Good Life

The Bible (New Oxford Annotated Bible recommended)

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