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Earth-honoring FaithReligious Ethics in a New Key$
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Larry L. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001

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Asceticism and Consumerism

Asceticism and Consumerism

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Earth-honoring Faith

Larry L. Rasmussen

Oxford University Press

Traditions of asceticism are about saying “yes” and saying “no” in a disciplined way of life that emphasizes spiritual richness and material simplicity. This chapter answers the question of what ascetic traditions that love the Earth fiercely in a simple way of life offer self, society and nature in a world of destructive consuming passions. Examples from various religious traditions are provided

Keywords:   consumerism as policy, consumerism as soulcraft, asceticism as soulcraft, freedom and desire, the ashram, wonder and restraint, ascetic ethics

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