To Love the Neighbor

Laura M. Hartman

in The Christian Consumer

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746422
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918751 | DOI:
To Love the Neighbor

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Love, which wills the true good of another, applies to the topic of Christian consumption on several levels. This chapter examines love in consumption beginning with self-love, moving to close others, somewhat distant others, faraway others, place, and God. All of these others may be loved through consumption choices, be they marketplace transactions, gift giving, acts of hospitality and solidarity, or community-based decisions. Insights from Catholic social teaching, theologian Kathryn Tanner, Dorothy Day (founder of the Catholic Worker), and Toyohiko Kagawa (Japanese Christian evangelist for cooperatives) inform this chapter.

Keywords: love; gift; hospitality; solidarity; Day Dorothy; Catholic Worker; Catholic social teaching; Tanner, Kathryn; Kagawa, Toyohiko; cooperative

Chapter.  13522 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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