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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 Love the Neighbor

To Love the Neighbor

(p.84) Chapter 4 To Love the Neighbor
The Christian Consumer

Laura M. Hartman

Oxford University Press

Love, which wills the true good of another, applies to the topic of Christian consumption on several levels. This chapter examines love in consumption beginning with self-love, moving to close others, somewhat distant others, faraway others, place, and God. All of these others may be loved through consumption choices, be they marketplace transactions, gift giving, acts of hospitality and solidarity, or community-based decisions. Insights from Catholic social teaching, theologian Kathryn Tanner, Dorothy Day (founder of the Catholic Worker), and Toyohiko Kagawa (Japanese Christian evangelist for cooperatives) inform this chapter.

Keywords:   love, gift, hospitality, solidarity, Day Dorothy, Catholic Worker, Catholic social teaching, Tanner, Kathryn, Kagawa, Toyohiko, cooperative

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