Tag: Consumerism

Our relationship with objects: on Marie Kondo

Our relationship with objects: on Marie Kondo

Reflections on how we can relate better to objects in light of a relational God by Hannah Eves, 28th January 2019 This January’s Netflix offering comes in the form of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Kondo’s method has since sparked numerous comment pieces, offending book lovers the most with her decluttering method. As one disgruntled bibliophile put it, […]

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TBA: the Environment

TBA: the Environment

Thinking Biblically About… The Environment. When we talk about caring for the environment, the context for people in higher-income countries is almost always our own wellbeing. Generally speaking, the environment is a means to an ends for us, and we protect it for the same reasons we treat any of our possessions well. Whether it’s […]

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Reality Checkpoint: a film on the four big ‘-ism’s

Reality Checkpoint: a film on the four big ‘-ism’s

A day in the life of young graduate Dave illustrates how some of the core ideas of individualism and consumerism (philosophies at the personal level) and capitalism and statism (ideologies at society level) play out in everyday life.  After four conversations between Dave and a smug bank manager, pushy phone salesman, ambitious girlfriend and philosophical […]

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‘Reality Checkpoint’ to be screened at London Film Festival

‘Reality Checkpoint’ to be screened at London Film Festival

‘Reality Checkpoint’ will have its first public screening in London on 2nd September at the ‘I Will Tell’ Christian film festival. The theme focuses on cinematic portrayals of human relationships in various contexts around the world.

Reality Checkpoint explores the way different worldviews impact how we think and act. These five short films show how these worldviews affect a character called Dave.

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You Deserve It: Consumerism

You Deserve It: Consumerism

We enjoy an unprecedented choice of consumer goods. Cars, clothes, accessories, music and electronics – especially computers and mobile phones – are available in a greater range of forms than ever before. This isn’t a bad thing in its own right. God created a physical world, and using what he has given us is a […]

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Courses on horses II

Courses on horses II

by Guy Brandon There are a number of lessons for Christians to learn from the horsemeat scandal – aside from a national epidemic of equine-themed puns. It could hardly have come as a surprise when Environment Secretary Owen Paterson suggested that the presence of horse DNA in beef products could be due to an ‘international […]

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A cure for compulsive consumerism

A cure for compulsive consumerism

by John Hayward Over four years ago, UNICEF published its Innocenti report Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-being in Rich Countries, highlighting how the physical and emotional well-being of British children is the worst among the world’s wealthiest nations. For at least some of its authors, the problem seemed to be just […]

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What are we really buying into?

What are we really buying into?

The spirit of our age is captured by offers of interest-free credit, invitations to “Buy one get one free” and slogans such as “I did it my way”, “Time for change” and “Yes we can!” … but have you ever stopped to ask what we are really buying into? This short video invites you to […]

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Where is your treasure?

Where is your treasure?

Nick Spencer, September 2003 Our society has an odd relationship with money. We like to denounce our 24/7 retail culture, and yet still shop ‘out of hours’ in our millions. We lament the estimated £800 billion consumer debt we have accrued, but wait nervously for the next consumer spending figures. We are torn between wanting […]

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The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

Our attitudes and behaviour, our virtual and physical public space, our politics, our principles, even our relationships are powerfully shaped by monetary considerations and suffer in consequence. The Measure of All Things? A Biblical Perspective on Money and Value in Britain Today examines how money had become the only widely accepted yardstick for value in […]

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