To Avoid Sin

Laura M. Hartman

in The Christian Consumer

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746422
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918751 | DOI:
To Avoid Sin

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The ascetic tradition of Christianity suggests that consumption can be sinful, and virtuous Christians should avoid greed, gluttony, envy, exploitation, and complicity in structural sin when they consume. Three exemplary figures, Francis of Assisi, Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, and contemporary evangelical Ronald Sider, are analyzed for their views on asceticism, poverty, and simplicity; their treatment of the problem of complicity and their economic solutions for this problem; and for their emphasis on avoiding sin and pursuing holiness through proper consumption.

Keywords: Francis of Assisi; Sider Ronald; Woolman John; quaker; asceticism; abolition; sin; poverty; simplicity; complicity

Chapter.  7257 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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