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Introduction

Laura M. Hartman

in The Christian Consumer

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746422
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918751 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746422.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter distinguishes consumption (the physical throughput of material in human lives) from consumerism (disordered, excessive, heedless, idolized consumption). Before making a coherent ethical assessment of consumerism, a clear look at the ethics relating to consumption itself is required. The chapter examines coffee consumption with an eye to its ethical impact on the consumer, nearby others, distant others, and the biosphere. From the Christian tradition, four major views of consumption are evident. The chapter introduces these views and situates the book's project, author, and audience.

Keywords: consumption; consumerism; ethics; christian; coffee

Chapter.  7774 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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