Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Another consequence of consumptive consumerism (lost authority & identity)

The internal cause of such enculturation [as the American ethos of consumerism has been wrought particularly in the American Church] is our loss of identity through the abandonment of the faith tradition. Our consumer culture is organized against history. There is a depreciation of memory and a ridicule of hope, which means everything must be held in the now, either an urgent now or an eternal now. Either way, a community rooted in energizing memories and summoned by radical hopes is a curiosity and a threat in such a culture. When we suffer from amnesia every form of serious authority for faith is in question, and we live unauthorized lives of faith and practice unauthorized ministries.

- Walter Brueggemann
The Prophetic Imagination (1st edition)

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