In his book Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, William Cavanaugh writes,
“Consumerism is an important subject for theology because it is a spiritual disposition, a way of looking at the world around us that is deeply formative.”
“The problem is a much larger one: changes in the economy and society in general have detached us from material production, producers, and even the products we buy.”
There’s a way to test this out: Ask a child where fruits and vegetables come from. If the child names a grocery store rather than a farm or an orchard, then there is probably a disconnection between consumption and production.
Ask the same child where your church came from. In fact, ask yourself the same question. How many people know that a number...