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By Bruce P. Rittenhouse

ISBN-10: 1498215165

ISBN-13: 9781498215169

ISBN-10: 1620321149

ISBN-13: 9781620321140

Consumerism is an issue. It deforms person personality, our feel of legal responsibility to each other, and our quandary for destiny generations and the surroundings. Even within the aftermath of the worst monetary downturn in seventy years, it is still a defining function of Western cultures. yet, past this overview, neither Christian theologians and ethicists nor secular economists and sociologists have understood what drives consumerism or what might be performed to counteract it. this can be the matter that Bruce P. Rittenhouse solves in buying significant Lives. Dr. Rittenhouse analyzes monetary, sociological, and mental facts to turn out that buyers behave otherwise than the present theories predict.

Dr. Rittenhouse indicates that consumerism features as a faith. It offers a way of coverage that anyone existence is significant. simply because we'd like this coverage to stay out our daily lives, consumerism takes priority over no matter what different values an individual professes—unless an individual can undertake a special strategy to safe the which means of his or her existence. This interpretation explains how shoppers truly behave. From the point of view of Christian theology, consumerism is a incorrect solution to an issue of human life that are meant to be responded through religion in Christ.

“Consumerism is a defining truth of the worldwide age. during this attention-grabbing booklet, Bruce Rittenhouse provides a compelling account of consumerism as a failed look for which means in human existence. buying significant Lives demanding situations readers to imagine deeply approximately consumerism and the causes that force it. i like to recommend it to every body attracted to the connection among faith, ethics, and the economy.”
—William Schweiker, The collage of Chicago

“In this insightful ebook, Bruce Rittenhouse reveals that the pervasive consumerism of our time displays the frequent lack of Christian religion within the 20th century and the mess ups of secular spiritual substitutes, similar to nationalism and Marxism. Rittenhouse bargains a skillful research not just of the origins, but additionally of different types sleek consumerism has taken. If american citizens wish to stay extra significant lives, they'll need to shy away from the fake worship of extra items and services.”
—Robert H. Nelson, college of Maryland

Bruce P. Rittenhouse teaches ethics within the collage of Arts and Sciences at Aurora college. He used to be a certified economist for fourteen years earlier than starting his paintings in Christian ethics.

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