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Religious Belief as Commodity Fetishism

Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador

in Heal Thyself

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154696
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019515469X.003.0004
 Religious Belief as Commodity Fetishism

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According to Karl Barth, a religion understood simply as a function of human subjectivity will tend always to be shaped by the culture of which its adherents are members. This chapter shows how the religion of the contemporary rapprochement is shaped by three of the most fundamental tendencies of contemporary North Atlantic culture and its attendant consumer capitalism: radical individualism, narcissism, and the dominance of a therapeutic sensibility.

Keywords: consumer; consumerism; culture; individualism; narcissism; radical; religion; subjectivity; therapeutic sensibility

Chapter.  9314 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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