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Asceticism and Consumerism

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0008
Asceticism and Consumerism

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Traditions of asceticism are about saying “yes” and saying “no” in a disciplined way of life that emphasizes spiritual richness and material simplicity. This chapter answers the question of what ascetic traditions that love the Earth fiercely in a simple way of life offer self, society and nature in a world of destructive consuming passions. Examples from various religious traditions are provided

Keywords: consumerism as policy; consumerism as soulcraft; asceticism as soulcraft; freedom and desire; the ashram; wonder and restraint; ascetic ethics

Chapter.  6633 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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