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Yes, those are the reasons but we live in tricky times. Not all Christians are Amish or live as hermits in the woods. Consumerism affects everyone to various degrees, and it's too easy to conclude that those who withdraw from institutionalised religion will turn to the God of consumerism.

This deduction would be possible if church membership equalled faith and spirituality. I don't think that we can say it always does, especially in the situation described by Sven where the church is not only seen as a house of faith but also as the institution that transmits general humanistic values and ethics and fills societal functions, like running kindergartens or hospitals.

I agree that atheism is obviously linked to materialism where it's only matter that matters, and consumerism is its cousin but consumerism really affects us all, especially around Christmas time. :)
   

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Wed Oct 27th, 2010 at 02:59:29 PM EST
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