Consumerism as Folk Religion: Transcendence, Probation and Dissatisfaction with Capitalism

@article{Varul2015ConsumerismAF,
  title={Consumerism as Folk Religion: Transcendence, Probation and Dissatisfaction with Capitalism},
  author={Matthias Zick Varul},
  journal={Studies in Christian Ethics},
  year={2015},
  volume={28},
  pages={447 - 460}
}
  • M. Varul
  • Published 30 September 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in Christian Ethics
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For the Muslim anti-capitalist case present among the protests see İhsan Eliaçık's article in this special issue