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eBook Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business Is Buying the Church ePub

by Robert W. Brimlow,Michael L. Budde

  • ISBN: 1587430266
  • Category: Christian Living
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: Robert W. Brimlow,Michael L. Budde
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brazos Pr (February 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 191
  • ePub book: 1338 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1401 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 976

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Christianity Incorporated" is a remarkable book for at least two reasons: (1) its scathing critique of the .

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The church must have a mission and a voice in society that is distinct from, rather than in chorus with, watered-down corporate spirituality. 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 employees.

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These days "getting religion" is generally considered a rather quaint thing of the past.

He has covered such issues as nonviolence, facing evil, and Christianity's relationship and interaction with society.

Published February 2007 by Wipf & Stock Publishers.

Critically explores the growing popularity of spirituality in business circles and how it can be distorted by the drive for profit.

Comments

Keath Keath
Interesting critique of the unholy alliance of Christian churches and capitalism. Written from a mostly Catholic perspective, it does not flinch from honest criticism of the pope and Catholic teaching. Also examines mainline protestant denomination's teachings on economic issues. Would like to have seen more Scriptural support, but I did find the (somewhat cursory) exposition of the economic teachings of the Sermon on the Mount very challenging and well reasoned. Modern American Christianity (especially Fundamentalist Christianity of which I am a part) is a curious agglomeration of Biblical Christianity, jingoistic patriotism and bourgeois capitalism. This book is a reasonably good critique of the last. See Myth of a Christian Nation for an excellent examination of "Christian patriotism."
Teonyo Teonyo
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.
Wymefw Wymefw
"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.