Shopping for God

The commodification of religion is the topic of an excerpt from The Post-Secular in Question, a book on religion in contemporary society. It’s here at The Immanent Frame. Here’s a taste:
“Religious lifestyles get modeled on consumer lifestyles in which people can try out religions rather like the way they try out a new fashion in hand­bags or shoes. In a consumer society, people want ‘goods not gods’… In modern societies, the principal characteristics of religion are its individu­alism in association with the decline in the authority of traditional institu­tions… The habitus of the modern adherent of deinstitutionalized religion is basically compatible with the lifestyles of a commercial world in which the driving force of the economy is domestic consumption.”
|Difficulty: Medium |Tag: Religion & Society | Time: 9 min |

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