Consumerism and Asceticism

Day 4
Session 10
3:20 PM

Consumerism and asceticism represent two different moral visions for our economic life. While it might be more clearly seen in a particular economic system, in a fallen world consumerism is a common human temptation. As for asceticism, it isn’t a gloomy denial of the good things of life but a formation in Christian joy. So what can economics and Christian asceticism tell us about being a virtuous consumer?


Recommended Readings

Moscow Patriarchiate (2000), Basis of the Social Concept of the Orthodox Church VI-VII.

Archpriest Georges Florovsky "The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament: Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation" 

Gregory Jensen, Black balloons for the lost orphans

Gregory Jensen, Cure for Consumerism

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