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To Embrace Creation

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/9780199746422.003.0003
To Embrace Creation

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In contrast with the ascetic strain of Christianity, some Christians suggest that proper consumption should be joyful and celebratory. On this view, Christians ought to embrace God's gifts with gratitude and savoring. With help from Thomas Aquinas, Clement of Alexandria, John Schneider, Matthew Fox, Creflo Dollar, and L. Shannon Jung, this chapter argues that the earth is fruitful and full of blessing, that human hungers are not sinful, that wealth may be virtuous in the hands of God's beloved children, and that good stewardship of blessings may include enjoying consumption.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Schneider John; Dollar Creflo; Prosperity theology; Jung L. Shannon; Fox, Matthew; gratitude; wealth; stewardship

Chapter.  9005 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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