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The Christian ConsumerLiving Faithfully in a Fragile World$
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Laura M. Hartman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746422.001.0001

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To Avoid Sin

To Avoid Sin

(p.30) Chapter 2 To Avoid Sin
The Christian Consumer

Laura M. Hartman

Oxford University Press

The ascetic tradition of Christianity suggests that consumption can be sinful, and virtuous Christians should avoid greed, gluttony, envy, exploitation, and complicity in structural sin when they consume. Three exemplary figures, Francis of Assisi, Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, and contemporary evangelical Ronald Sider, are analyzed for their views on asceticism, poverty, and simplicity; their treatment of the problem of complicity and their economic solutions for this problem; and for their emphasis on avoiding sin and pursuing holiness through proper consumption.

Keywords:   Francis of Assisi, Sider Ronald, Woolman John, quaker, asceticism, abolition, sin, poverty, simplicity, complicity

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