118 Ecclesiology Reviews 119 Vincent J. Miller, Consuming Religion (New York and London: Continuum, 2003), vii + 256 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0–8264–1531–8 (hbk). I t is important to realize what this book is not. There have been several studies of the consumer culture and how Christianity needs to oppose such a phenomenon in the name of justice for the poor, or for the sake of a proper quest for values and ideals which reflect a true authenticity. Several such works (often from a broad evangelical stable spanning Anglo-American culture) offer a compelling description of contemporary Western culture as the old civilization familiar to those who defended it in the Second World War fades imperceptibly away. It has been poignant to hear the veterans of D-Day ask why this civilization they sacrificed so much for has disappeared quite so quickly. But this book is rather different. It is about the transmutation of the Christian faith into commodities, and more especially our relationship to cultural and religious traditions in a way that disarms their power to inform our daily practice of discipleship. It was always the case that Christianity could be distorted by many political factors from Western colonialism to
Ecclesiology – Brill
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