Item description for Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business Is Buying the Church by Michael L. Budde & Robert W. Brimlow...
Overview In their new book, the authors remind readers that Christ-centered discipleship is fundamentally at odds with consumer capitalist priorities. The church must have a mission and a voice in society that is distinct from, rather than in chorus with, watered-down corporate spirituality.
Publishers Description These days "getting religion" is generally considered a rather quaint thing of the past. "Getting spirituality," on the other hand, is the hottest thing on the market. In fact, corporate-sponsored spiritual salve is becoming the most popular prescription for the overworked and soul-weary employee. But for many Christians, this antidote has become its own epidemic. How is this epidemic infecting the church? How should the church respond as a community of believers?According to authors Michael Budde and Robert Brimlow, the church must resist becoming the "chaplain to capitalism." In their new book, Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business Is Buying the Church, they remind us that Christ-centered discipleship is fundamentally at odds with consumer capitalist priorities. The church must have a mission and a voice in society that is distinct from, rather than in chorus with, watered-down corporate spirituality. Finally, they turn to the Sermon on the Mount as a reminder of Jesus\u2019 attitude toward wealth and spiritual wholeness.Christianity Incorporated is a wake-up call for all Christians. Courageous, current, and accessible, this book will attract the attention of business people, pastors, and lay members of the church.Anyone concerned with pursuing Christian discipleship in a consumer culture will find guidance and insight here.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.31" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 155635245X ISBN13 9781556352454
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More About Michael L. Budde & Robert W. Brimlow
Michael L. Budde is Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University and the author of The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries and The Two Churches: Catholicism and Capitalism in the World System.
Robert W. Brimlow is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College.
Reviews - What do customers think about Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business Is Buying the Church?
A Warning Shot Across the Ark Sep 25, 2005
"Christianity Incorporated" is a remarkable book for at least two reasons: (1) its scathing critique of the unholy marriage between capitalism and the Church, and (2) the brevity in which that scathing critique is completed.
Budde and Brimlow detail just how pervasive the capitalist influence is on the Church, how the Church seeks now to serve as the "chaplain" to capitalism, and how the Church sometimes acts like a capitalist institution itself. The result is religion that retains form but is quickly becoming devoid of content and a church that strives for enrollment but can care little for discipleship.
Insightful Mar 27, 2004
A scathing critique of today's Christian church, in which the authors (a pair of Catholic academics) persuasively demonstrate how the church is rapidly transforming itself from its intended role as a "light of the world" into serving as a scaled-back chaplaincy, operating within the strategic designs and whims of corporate America. While the church advocates helping the poor and serving the common good, these ideals are not specifically defined nor reflected in how the church operates on a daily basis - instead, the church seems to be advocating modern capitalism as defined by Smith, Locke, et al, and makes no concerned effort to change the status quo of inequity and poverty in society. This book proved to be an astute commentary on the laxity of the spirit prevalent in Christian circles today.