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Commodified Communion: Eucharist, Consumer Culture, and the Practice of Everyday Life

Antonio Eduardo Alonso

Abstract

A range of contemporary theological reflection on consumer culture in the United States shares a conviction that the central task of theology is to respond, resist, or reshape consumer culture. And in many of these narratives, the location par excellence of that response is the Eucharist. Christian hope, they argue, is found in our effective cultivation of practices of everyday resistance to the market. This book argues that reducing the work of theology to resistance and centering Christian hope in a Eucharist that might better support that resistance undermines our ability to talk about the ... More

Keywords: Walter Benjamin, Christian ethics, commodities, consumer culture, consumerism, Michel de Certeau, Eucharist, lived theology, materiality, practical theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294121
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294121.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonio Eduardo Alonso, author
Emory University