Sunday, December 20, 2009

Consumption: The Fall?

Interesting thesis here.

The Genesis imagery of the fall indicates that instead of achieving communion through this act of total-self gift, they instead chose consumption. I would argue that whatever the act of rebellion might have actually been, the choice of the consumption imagery is significant. It suggests that consumption–communion on man’s terms rather than God’s terms–is to be a perennial problem. In fact, consumption now often masquerades as communion. I believe that this is the anthropology behind what we know as “comfort foods” which are standard recourse for many of us, particularly when we have trouble with relationships of communion.

There's a longer 'splanation at the link, worth reading. The author acknowledges that this is a 'rough and short' draft of what should be a monograph.

HT: CosmosLiturgy

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