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The Pursuit of Happiness: The Virtue of Consumption and the Consumption of Virtue


  • Mindy G. Makant

    1. Mindy G. Makant is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at Duke Divinity School. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of West Georgia and a master's degree in theology from Ohio Dominican University.
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Abstract:  In a consumer culture we seek fulfillment and happiness through the act of consumption, often conflating purchasing power with freedom. The Christian tradition, however, teaches us that our telos is nothing less than friendship with God. It is through incorporation into a community of faith that we participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and thereby receive a foretaste of true happiness.