Abundance, Really?

Yep. But first … You don’t have to be an Economics student to get the message. It’s natural to want more. You can’t fight human nature. We’re acquisitive animals. It’s in or deepest nature to satisfy ourselves to the fullest extent possible. Economists say we’re insatiable. That doesn’t mean I’ll eat chocolate until I get… Continue reading Abundance, Really?

What Is Biblical Economics?

Biblical Economics. It’s hard to get a handle on it. My interpretation here is based on scattered biblical references I have examined and the work of a few scholars. My mission is to put together a coherent picture of biblical economics out of those incoherent scatterings. The result will be barely coherent and barely comprehensive.… Continue reading What Is Biblical Economics?

Scarcity vs Abundance

Let’s finish off Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed by looking at his last chapter on Scarcity. I’ll deliberately write this a few months after reading the chapter, as I’ve done with previous chapters. It allows me to go beneath the details (half of which I’ve forgotten) and focus on the central message that it nourished in me. And… Continue reading Scarcity vs Abundance

Will the Eucharist Consume You?

Let me tackle the toughest one out of William Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed — in my most theological post to date. I had to read his Chapter 3 three times before I could get a simple handle on it. (There’s always a simple handle, despite what they tell you. I’d never have passed my PhD exams if… Continue reading Will the Eucharist Consume You?

Work to Consume or Consume to Work?

William Cavanaugh’s recent book, Being Consumed, does a great job in describing the addictive dysfunction of consumer society. But I want to focus on the deeper underlying perspective at the root of that problem. Why do we work? Why do we consume? And which one comes first? It sounds a little abstract, but it’s the… Continue reading Work to Consume or Consume to Work?

Phantom Consumerism

Let’s look at Chapter 2 of William Cavanaugh’s, Being Consumed. It doesn’t take long to notice he’s saying that consumption is not really the problem. Acquisition is. We don’t want to consume stuff, we just want to get stuff. So It’s not the material enjoyment of consumption we’re really seeking. When we get it, we… Continue reading Phantom Consumerism