Rethinking Materialism: Perspectives on the Spiritual Dimension of Economic Behavior

Citation: 
Wuthnow, Robert, ed. Rethinking Materialism: Perspectives on the Spiritual Dimension of Economic Behavior. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995.
Abstract: 

Robert Wuthnow and nine other prominent social scientists and theologians offer serious commentary on our culture's obsession with material goods and examine the uneasy relation of materialism to religion. The contributors (who include Martin E. Marty, Nicholas Wolterstoff, Wilfred M. McClay, Neal J. Smelser, John Boli, Marsha Witten, Miroslav Volf, Albert Bergesen, and Alan Wolfe) assess views of materialism in recent analyses of American character, the ways the economy shapes our understandings of ourselves as well as religious thought, and the nature of consumerism. This volume, a companion to Wuthnow's God and Mammon in America, challenges the reader to look at materialism in new ways. The essayists deplore America's prevailing material fixation and its deleterious effects on the spiritual life of the nation and propose alternatives for individual and national action.(SM)

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