The Good Life?

Sustainability

18
Nov

Which Came First, Christmas or Consumerism?

Flanders challenges the notion that the Christmas customs of the past were primarily religious. She does not deny their spiritual significance for the believer, but she does contest the idea “that Christmas was once religious, and only in our debased, commercial age has been reduced to its current shabby, market-driven modern form.” In other words, she disputes the presumption that the holiday was in the beginning primarily or even exclusively observed by devout Christians and that only in the last 200 years has its “real” significance been displaced by the forces of secularism and consumerism….

11
Nov

Consumer Culture: The Day Your Baby’s Wardrobe Became Better Than Yours

Shopping is also an opportunity to exercise God’s call to steward the Earth and to love my neighbour. Scientists tell us that the sheer scale of consumption has set us on a path of unsustainable use of the Earth’s resources. Species are disappearing at a frightening rate, the oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing and dead zones are appearing in our rivers and seas. Every time I enter a shopping mall I hear the seductive voice of consumerism promising me that I can have everything I desire; but concealing the terrible consequences of that promise….

06
Aug

Why We Need a Theology Of Shopping

Shopping is also an opportunity to exercise God’s call to steward the Earth and to love my neighbour. Scientists tell us that the sheer scale of consumption has set us on a path of unsustainable use of the Earth’s resources. Species are disappearing at a frightening rate, the oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing and dead zones are appearing in our rivers and seas. Every time I enter a shopping mall I hear the seductive voice of consumerism promising me that I can have everything I desire; but concealing the terrible consequences of that promise….

11
Jun

Australian Spending Habits

As a Gen Y-er growing up in the post my-order-to-me-now-while-I-eat-some-smashed-avo age, I’m bombarded with constant messaging on financial freedom. There’s online businesses to start, click funnels to create, social media followings to grow, passive income to generate, all the while maintaining my day job and somehow saving for a shoebox house in Sydney and praying hard that my Super will see me through my old age.

30
May

It Pays To Be Frugal

As a Gen Y-er growing up in the post my-order-to-me-now-while-I-eat-some-smashed-avo age, I’m bombarded with constant messaging on financial freedom. There’s online businesses to start, click funnels to create, social media followings to grow, passive income to generate, all the while maintaining my day job and somehow saving for a shoebox house in Sydney and praying hard that my Super will see me through my old age.

20
May

Consumerism & Spirituality – Video

William Cavanaugh is an associate Professor of Theology at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota and the author of several books which offer a Christian critique of various aspects of Western Culture including The Myth of Religious Violence and Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire….

14
May

Empowerment Over Exploitation

Baptist World Aid started assessing companies on the systems they had in place to protect workers and ensure their clothes are being ethically made. Since the first Report came out in 2014, our research has grown significantly, reflecting the increased consumer interest in ‘ethical fashion’. We have grown from assessing 41 companies to 130 companies in our most recent 2019 Report. This represents millions of workers whose lives have been improved!