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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